Historical Dictionary of Women in Sub-Saharan Africa

Scarecrow Press
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This vast dictionary launches the new series, Historical Dictionaries of Women in the World, and fills a huge gap in the literature, as there previously has not been any comprehensive reference work on African women. This dictionary includes over 660 entries on notable women in history, politics, religion, the arts, and other sectors; on events particularly associated with women; on women's organizations and publications; and on a range of topics that are important to women in general or that have a special importance for African women, including marriage, fertility, market women, goddesses, and much more. Entries include cross-referencing information that facilitates readers' ability to find related information. The book also includes an introductory essay and a chronology on African women's history, as well as an extensive bibliography divided into sub-sections on different historical eras and subjects. Access to finding specific information is further aided by a country index. A wide range of users will find this reference extremely valuable, including researchers in African or women's history, high school and university students, and people involved with African policy and development issues such as diplomats or aid workers.
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About the author

Kathleen Sheldon is an independent historian with a research affiliation at the University of California, Los Angeles, Center for the Study of Women. She has published books and articles on African history, with particular concentration on women's history and on Mozambique.
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Scarecrow Press
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Published on
Mar 16, 2005
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Pages
448
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ISBN
9780810865471
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Language
English
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History / Reference
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Although women have long been active residents in African cities, explorations of their contributions have been marginal. This volume brings women into the center of the urban landscape, using case studies to illustrate how womens work in trade and agriculture has been the foundation of African urbanization. Chapters focus on patterns of migration and urbanization, womens employment in varied activities from selling crafts to managing small businesses, the emergence of complex new family formations, and participation in community and political activities. Although women have long been active residents in African cities, explorations of their contributions have been marginal. This volume brings women into the center of the urban landscape, using case studies to illustrate their contributions to family, community, work, and political life.The book begins with a rich introduction that discusses how womens work in trade and agriculture has been the foundation of African urbanization. The contributors then focus on patterns of migration and urbanization, with an emphasis on the personal and social issues that influence the decision to migrate from rural areas; womens employment in varied activities from selling crafts to managing small businesses; the sometimes unavoidable practice of prostitution when options are limited ; the emergence of complex new family formations deriving from access to courts and the continued strength of polygyny; and womens participation in community and political activities. The volume includes material from all regions of sub-Saharan Africa and brings together scholars from all the social sciences.
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