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Conceiving Persons

Ethnographies of Procreation, Fertility and Growth



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Conceiving Persons: Ethnographies of Procreation, Fertility and Growth
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Explores the ways in which gender categories permeate African systems of thought and ritual practices.

Table of Contents

PART 1 INTRODUCTION 1 Gender, Symbolism and Praxis: Theoretical Approaches PART II RITUAL SYMBOLS: PERFORMANCE AND NARRATIVES 2 'Doing Gender' in Africa: Embodying Categories and the Categorically Disembodied 3 The Lion at the Waterhole: The Secrets of Life and Death in Chewa 4 First Gender, Wrong Sex 5 Saisee Tororeita: An Analysis of Complementarity in Akie Gender Ideology 6 Creation and the Multiple Female Body: Turkana Perspectives on Gender and Cosmos PART III GENDER, FERTILITY AND SOCIAL AGENCY 7 'Dealing with Men's Spears': Datooga Pastoralists Combating Male Intrusion on Female Fertility 8 Gender Ideology, and the Domestic and Public Domains Among the Iraqw 9 Women's Work is Weeping: Constructions of Gender in a Catholic Community PART IV AFTERWARD 10 Chaos and Creativity: The Transformative Symbolism of Fused Categories

Author Biography

Henrietta L. Moore is Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Gender Institute and Todd Sanders is Research Fellow in the Department of Anthropology, both at the London School of Economics. Bwire Kaare is Lecturer in the Institute of Finance Management, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
Release date NZ
January 1st, 1999
Edited by Patrick Heady Edited by Peter Z. Loizos
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
2 figures, bibliography, index
The Athlone Press
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