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Women's Voices in A Man's World

Women and the Pastoral Tradition in Northern Somali Orature, c. 1899-1980
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Women's Voices in A Man's World by Lidwien Kapteijns
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Description

Two questions dominate this ethnographic, literary, and historical study of Somali society through its orature. First, in what ways do Somali oral texts provide information about women and gender relations in Somalisociety? Second, how do these oral texts present the concepts of "tradition" and an authentic cultural heritage and identity, particularly as these concepts affect women and gender relations? In seeking to answer these questions, Kapteijns has gathered a considerable number of Somali oral texts and popular songs. The firstpart of the book focuses on the texts from the colonial period and develops a critical ethnography of women and gender relations while the second part considers contemporary love songs as important cultural sites for debate about women and "tradition." Kapteijns' book will enlighten readers unfamiliar with the wit and spirit of Somali culture. Somali readers will find the book essential for critically engaging the received notions of their past and traditions.

Author Biography

Lidwien Kapteijns is Professor of History at Wellesley College.
Release date NZ
September 15th, 1999
Audiences
  • Postgraduate, Research & Scholarly
  • Professional & Vocational
  • Undergraduate
Country of Publication
United States
Imprint
Heinemann Educational Books,U.S.
Pages
248
Dimensions
156x230x16
ISBN-13
9780325001364
Product ID
12642639

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