Male Daughters, Female Husbands: Gender and Sex in an African Society

Front Cover
Palgrave Macmillan, Oct 15, 1987 - SOCIAL SCIENCE - 223 pages
0 Reviews
Challenging the received orthodoxies of social anthropology, Ifi Amadiume argues that in precolonial society, sex and gender did not necessarily coincide. Examining the structures that enabled women to achieve power, she shows that roles were neither rigidly masculinized nor feminized.

Economic changes in colonial times undermined women’s status and reduced their political role and Dr Amadiume maintains, patriarchal tendencies introduced by colonialism persist today, to the detriment of women.

Critical of the chauvinist stereotypes established by colonial anthropology, the author stresses the importance of recognizing women’s economic activities as as essential basis of their power. She is also critical of those western feminists who, when relating to African women, tend to accept the same outmoded projections.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Contents

Preface
1
Acknowledgements
11
Area and Background
17
Gender and the Economy
27
Women Wealth Titles and Power
42
Gender and Political Organization
51
Women and the IdeologyMaking Process
69
The Ideology of Gender
89
The Erosion of Womens Power
134
The Marginalization of Womens Position
147
Wealth Titles and Motherhood
162
The Female Element in Other Igbo Societies
173
Gender Class and Female Solidarity
179
Conclusion
185
Bibliography
211
Glossary
217

Ritual and Gender
99
Colonialism and the Erosion of Womens Power
119

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

References to this book

All Book Search results »

About the author (1987)

Ifi Amadiume is a award-winning poet and a political activist as well as an academic. She has lived in Nigeria and the UK and is currently associate professor at Dartmouth College, Hanover. There, she teaches in both the Department of Religion and the African-American Studies Programme. Professor Amadiume is author of the influential Male Daughters, Female Husbands (Zed Books, 1988) which won the Choice Outstanding Academic Book of the Year award in 1989.

Bibliographic information