Rethinking Pastoralism in Africa: Gender, Culture and the Myth of the Patriarchal Pastoralist

Rethinking Pastoralism in Africa: Gender, Culture and the Myth of the Patriarchal Pastoralist

By: Dorothy L. Hodgson (editor)Paperback

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The dominant trend in pastoralist studies has long assumed that pastoralism and pastoral gender relations are inherently patriarchal. The contributors to this collection, in contrast, use diverse analytic approaches to demonstrate that pastoralist genderrelations are dynamic, relational, historical and produced through complex local-translocal interactions. Combining theoretically sophisticated analysis with detailed case studies, this collection should appeal to those doing research and teaching in African studies, gender studies, anthropology and history. North America: Ohio U Press; Kenya: EAEP


Introduction - gender, culture and the myth of the patriarchal pastoralist, Dorothy I. Hodgson. Part 1 Making culture: gender and material culture in West Pokot, Kenya, Barbara Bianco; gender, ethnicity and social aesthetics in Maasai and Okiek beadwork, Corinne Kratz and Donna Pido; women and men of the Khoekhoen of Southern Africa, Andrew B. Smith and Lita Webley. Part 2 Domains of power: pastoralism, patriarchy and history among Maasai in Tanganyika, 1890-1940, Dorothy L. Hodgson; women's roles in peacemaking in Somali society, Asha Hagi Elmi et al; gender, ethnographic myths and community-based conservation in a former Namibian "homeland", Sian Sullivan. Part 3 Social relations: the fertility of houses and herds - producing kinship and gender among Turkana pastoralists, Vigdis Brich-Due; exalted mothers - gender aging and postchildbearing experience in a Tuareg community, Susan Rasmussen. Part 4 Negotiating development and modernity: milk selling among Fulani women in northern Burkina Faso, Solveig Buhl and Katherine Homewood; development ideologies and local knowledge among Samburu women in northern Kenya, Bilinda Straight; pastoral disruption and cultural continuity in a pastoral town, M.I. Aguilar.

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  • ISBN13: 9780852559116
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 392
  • ID: 9780852559116
  • ISBN10: 0852559119

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