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Wicked Women and the Reconfiguration of Gender in Africa

ISBN-10: 0325070040
ISBN-13: 9780325070049
Edition: 2001
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Description: This edited collection of 17 essays examines the many ways African women pushed the borders individually and collectively, of "acceptable" behavior to produce changes in the gendered dynamics of power and a reconfiguration of broader moral and  More...

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Book details

List price: $40.00
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Heinemann
Publication date: 4/19/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 344
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

This edited collection of 17 essays examines the many ways African women pushed the borders individually and collectively, of "acceptable" behavior to produce changes in the gendered dynamics of power and a reconfiguration of broader moral and social orders. The book bridges the gap between studies of women and studies of gender by demonstrating how gender relations are produced, reproduced, and transformed through the everyday ideas and agency of women and men interacting with local and translocal structures and processes. With rich attention to the interplay between agency, power, and structure, this superb collection challenges common stereotypes of African women as either victims or unrestrained resisters. Hodgson and McCurdy have assembled an impressive and multidisciplinary group of contributors. Some are senior scholars who have published widely in social history. Others are junior or mid-ranking scholars who already have substantial and have publications in the leading journals Hodgson and McCurdy have assembled an impressive and multidisciplinary group of contributors. Some are senior scholars who have published widely in social history. Others are junior or mid-ranking scholars who already have substantial reputations and have publications in the leading journals in their fields. The editors themselves provide a superb introduction that unifies the collection and offers novel theoretical and methodological insights into the study of women in Africa. This is a long overdue anthology that should become a required text in every course that explores the experiences of African women and in every African Studies and African history course that takes gender seriously.

Sheryl A. McCurdy is a post-doctoral fellow at the Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research in the University of Texas-Houston School of Public Health.

Preface
Introduction
"Wicked" Women and the Reconfiguration of Gender in Africa
Contesting Conjugality; Women, Marriage, Divorce and the Emerging Colonial State in Abeokuta (Nigeria) 1892-1904
"She Thinks She's Like a Man": Marriage and (De)construction Gender Identity in Colonial Buha, Western Tanzania, 1943-1960
Wayward Women and Useless Men: Contest and Change in Gender Relations in Ado-Odo
"Gone to Their Second Husbands": Marital Metaphors and Conjugal Contracts in the Gambia's Female Garden Sector
Rounding up Spinisters: Gender Chaos and Unmarried Women in Colonial Asante
"My Daughter Belongs to the Government Now": Marriage, Maasai, and the Tanzania State
Taking Spaces Making Spaces; Gender and the Cultural Construction of "Bad Women" in the Development of Kampala-Kibuga, 1900-1962
You Have Left Me Wandering About: Basotho Women and the Culture of Mobility
Urban Threats: Manyema Women, Low Fertility, and Venereal Diseases in British Colonial Tanganyika, 1926-36
Negotiating Social Independence: The Challenges of Career Pursuits for Igbo Women in Post Colonial Nigeria
Negotiating Difference; The Politics of Difference and Women's Associations in Niger: Of "Prostitutes," the Public, and Politics
"Wicked Women" and "Respectable Ladies": Reconfiguring Gender on the Zambian Copperbelt, 1936-1964
Gender and Profiteering: Ghana's Market Women as Devoted Mothers and "Human Vampire Bats"
Index

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