African Women

African Women : Early History to the 21st Century

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African women's history is a topic as vast as the continent itself, embracing an array of societies in over fifty countries with different geographies, social customs, religions, and historical situations. In African Women: Early History to the 21st Century, Kathleen Sheldon masterfully delivers a comprehensive study of this expansive story from before the time of records to the present day. She provides rich background on descent systems and the roles of women in matrilineal and patrilineal systems. Sheldon's work profiles elite women, as well as those in leadership roles, traders and market women, religious women, slave women, women in resistance movements, and women in politics and development. The rich case studies and biographies in this thorough survey establish a grand narrative about women's roles in the history of more

Product details

  • Hardback | 392 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 20.57mm | 29.48g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 20 b&w illus., 1 map, 1 table
  • 0253027160
  • 9780253027160

Review quote

"Kathleen Sheldon's book provides a great spine around which one could build a women's history of Africa survey course or better yet, a feminist history of Africa survey course." -Abosede George, Barnard College "A comprehensive history of African women remains a necessity given that current histories of Africa are-after more than 45 years of scholarship on African women-mostly histories of men's actions. Kathleen Sheldon provides a thoroughly researched long view of African women's material lives, social relations, challenges, and forms of mobilization to change their societies." -Judith Van Allen, Cornell Universityshow more

About Kathleen Sheldon

Kathleen Sheldon is an independent scholar who has a research affiliation with the Center for the Study of Women at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is author of Pounders of Grain: A History of Women, Work, and Politics in Mozambique and the Historical Dictionary of Women in Sub-Saharan more

Table of contents

Acknowledgements Introduction1. Women and Gender in Africa before 17002. Market Traders, Queens, and Slaves in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries3. Religion and Slavery in the Nineteenth Century4. Colonial Era, 1850s to 1945: Work and Family5. Politics, Leadership, and Resistance to Colonialism until 19456. Liberation Struggles and Politics from the 1950s to the 1970s7. Work, Family, and Urbanization from 1970s to the 1990s8. Women and Politics after Independence9. Women at the Beginning of the 21st CenturyBibliographyIndexshow more