<i>The Library Source</i>
Welcome to the The Library Source!
Need help withour eBooks?
Contact PublishersRow.com
Click here, to go to our main store

  The Library Source eBookStore  

Women's Authority and Society in Early East-Central Africa
preview of book Women's Authority and Society in Early East-Central Africa
text of book Women's Authority and Society in Early East-Central Africa

Women's Authority and Society in Early East-Central Africa

Author:
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer
Publication Date: 2010
Category: General
Grades: Recommended
Number of Pages: 206
Appropriate for: Graduate students/faculty
Choice rating: 
MARC: download

Free Preview    Email to Friend   Add to wish list
 Available as: (for format`s description click on its name)
Scholar eBook Scholar eBook ISBN: 9781580467575  
$85.00
 
 Reg.: $
85.00 per N pages
 
Library Edition Library Edition ISBN: 9781580467575  
$131.75
 
 Reg.: $
131.75 per N pages
 
About this title

This study of more than two thousand years of African social history weaves together evidence from historical linguistics, archaeology, comparative ethnography, oral tradition, and art history to challenge the assumptions that all African societies were patriarchal and that the status of women in precolonial Africa is beyond the scope of historical research. In East-Central Africa, women played key roles in technological and economic developments during the long precolonial period. Female political leaders were as common as male rulers, and women, especially mothers, were central to religious ceremonies and beliefs. These conclusions contribute a new and critical element to our understanding of Africa's precolonial history.

About author
Christine Saidi

Christine Saidi is assistant professor of history at Kutztown University.



Reviews

Saidi, Christine. Women's authority and society in early East-Central Africa. Rochester, 2010. 187p bibl index afp (Rochester studies in African history and the diaspora, 44); ISBN 9781580463270. Reviewed in 2011jan CHOICE.

Women are powerful in sub-Saharan Africa, but the full extent of their intrinsic agency has long been ignored in societies run by and observed by dominant men. Now, Saidi's careful, pathbreaking study of the central African savannahs from Kasai-Katanga to Malawi reminds readers that the relevance of powerful women to African history extends deeply into the rich past of that region, certainly to the 16th and 17th centuries. Indeed, Saidi (Kutztown Univ.) suggests that patriarchy was not necessarily the norm, and was never a universal phenomenon in her area of study--if anywhere. She examined the critical role of women as potters--as the providers of ceramic ware and as keepers of rituals connected to food and food production--and as technological innovators generally, in order to support her reevaluation of the centrality of women to historical processes. Much of this rewriting of the history of east-central Africa depends methodologically on sophisticated ethnolinguistic reconstructions and a questioning of the deeply held and widely accepted traditional presumptions of earlier researchers. The author's conclusions ultimately derive from an examination of linguistic and ritual data that potentially are subject to interpretive critiques.

Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students/faculty. -- R. I. Rotberg, Harvard University

Copyright 2013 American Library Association


 
  Help  

We choose eBOOKS!

Why choose Publishers Row eBooks?
About our eBooks
How to place the order
Using my account
Library Terms of Use Agreement
Current Special Offer
 
  MARC  
Download all MARC records  
  Special Offer Code  
Enter your Special Offer Code here:
  Search for  

  Our Products  
Browse all »»
Asphalt and Politics
Living Waters - The Mei HaShiloach
Crime and Racial Constructions

We are very pleased with the diversity of titles in a cross section of disciplines.The titles [we purchased] are current and the subjects covered are highly relevant to our curriculum.

Prof. Van Viator,
MLIS, Head-Research Services; Ellender Memorial Library, Nicholls State University