Petite histoire de l’Afrique: L’Afrique du sud du Sahara de la Préhistoire à nos jours. 25 Aug by Catherine Coquery-Vidrovitch. The Workers of Trade in Precolonial Africa CATHERINE COQUERY – VIDROVITCH PAUL E. LOVEJOY 9 2. T rade and Labor in Early Precolonial African History. African Women has 11 ratings and 2 reviews. Matthew said: This is an outstanding textbook and introduction to African Women’s History. The title suggests.
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Over the last century, the social and economic roles played by African women have evolved dramatically. Long confined to home and field, overlooked by their menfolk and missionaries alike, African women worked, thought, dreamed, and struggled.
Vidrvoitch migrated to the cities, invented new jobs, and activated the so-called informal economy to become Africa’s economic and social Over the last century, the social and economic roles played by African women have evolved dramatically. They migrated to the cities, invented new jobs, and activated the so-called informal economy to become Africa’s economic and social cathefine point. As a result, despite their lack of education and relatively low status, women are now Africa’s best hope for the future.
This sweeping and innovative book is the first to reconstruct the full history coqueryy women in sub-Saharan Africa. Tracing the lot of African women from the eve of the colonial period to the present, Catherine Coquery-Vidrovitch explores the stages and forms of women’s collective roles as well as their individual emancipation through revolts, urban migrations, economic impacts, social claims, political strength, and creativity.
Comparing case studies drawn from throughout the region, she sheds light on issues ranging from gender to economy, politics, society, and culture. Utilizing an impressive array of sources, she highlights broad general patterns without overlooking crucial local variations. With its breadth of coverage and clear analysis of complex questions, this book is destined to become a standard text for scholars and students alike.
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The title suggests the puzzle it unravels. African Women are often presented as being at the center of problems of underdevelopment in contrast to the rights and dignities associated with modern industrial nations — of course this comparison is an imperial falsity.
Nevertheless, one must grapple with women as peasant farmers, their theologies and ethnicities, struggles with health and wisdom for healing, their relation This is an outstanding textbook and introduction to African Catgerine History.
Nevertheless, one must grapple with women as peasant farmers, their theologies and ethnicities, struggles with health and wisdom for healing, their relationship to tribal warfare and national liberation movements.
The cover photo, with these women adorned with colorful African clothe, baby wrapped in tow, and vessels on their head to gather water or carrying wares to sell, in the midst of unpaved brush, may suggest an odd image to some to discuss African women and modernity. Are these women pre-modern or backward from another time in place? Such an assumption shows it is the intellectual who has failed. This book when accompanied with a proper discussion reveals that African women should not be the subject of developmental aid but have something to teach those who hail from imperial nations about the pathways for their own self-government.
The author, a Francophone scholar, surveys concisely many regions of Africa. But the English reader of African Studies will find they get access to case studies in Francophone Africa that often are minimized by Anglophone speaking scholars. Oct 29, Siria rated it liked it Shelves: A broad overview of African women’s history from the eighteenth century to the s, African Women uses thematic chapters on such issues as work, education and political involvement to examine not just women’s lives in sub-Saharan Africa, but also the major differences in gender roles in the region.
Shaka Zulu, for example, lead female soldiers due to the ‘castrating influence’ of his mother and his homosexual tendencies.
Coquery-Vidrovitch also seems surprisingly reluctant to give space to the voices of African women, stating in her introduction that such a history isn’t yet possible because not enough African women have found voices of their own. I would query whether they’re not speaking, or Coquery-Vidrovitch isn’t listening. Jones Wambugu rated it did not like it May 27, Jessica Douglas rated it it was amazing Apr 23, Chau rated it liked it May 31, Mary rated it liked it Dec 01, Olivia rated it liked it Oct 27, Mariah rated it really liked it May 17, Anastasja Anney rated it it was amazing Mar 10, Valerie rated it liked it Feb 26, Yemi Caleb rated it it was amazing Oct 09, Amanda added it Apr 05, Stacie marked it as to-read Mar 06, Jacklyn Grace Lacey marked it as to-read Jul 24, Lala Bryant marked it as to-read Feb 19, Oana marked it as to-read Aug 26, Natalia marked it as to-read Oct 01, Madison Kelley marked it as to-read Apr 11, Akila Y marked it as to-read Jul 23, Sarckeyz marked it as to-read May 20, Carolyn Vieira-Martinez added it Jun 17, Emily Robertson added it Sep 02, Museclio added it Jan 23, Daniela Acosta marked it as to-read Jan 28, Atong marked it as to-read Dec 12, Kamara Felder marked it as to-read Feb 21, Aiminoes marked it as to-read Apr 06, Ekram Adem Mohammed marked it as to-read Jul 31, Brenda marked it as to-read Aug 15, Rahmah marked it as to-read Nov 29, Alexou marked it as to-read Jan 05, Deb Lavelle marked it as to-read Feb 25, Diarraboubacar marked it as to-read Nov 18, Julie Barrett added it Dec 09, Monique marked it as to-read Dec 10, Victiane Sessego added it Aug 28, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.
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