The Importance of Roscas for Women
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Money-go-rounds by Shirley Ardener
Book DescriptionOn most continents - from the USA to Africa and Asia - various forms of rotating savings and credit associations (ROSCAs) serve men and women of the community, often as their major -- and sometimes their only -- savings institution. ROSCAs are self-help money-pooling associations with participants who agree to make regular contributions to a fund which is given, in whole or in part, to each contributor in rotation. Many ROSCAs have elaborate systems to cope with inflation, default and the distribution of benefits. In providing important social and welfare resources they constitute valuable social capital.This unique volume of case studies by an international group of experts, which examines ROSCAs on a worldwide basis, will be of interest to anyone studying or concerned with anthropology, economics, women's issues, and especially the welfare of the less developed countries and immigrant communities in 'the West'.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781859731703
(216mm x 138mm x 16mm)
Imprint: Berg Publishers
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 1-Jul-1996
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Defining Females, Paperback (March 1993)» View all books by Shirley Ardener
These essays consider the structural position of women, how they are defined by reference to biology and social markers, and how they are required to behave, and present and assess certain theories about women by anthropologists, sociologists, ethologists, and psychologists.
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Author Biography - Shirley Ardener
Mrs Shirley Ardener Centre for Cross-Cultural Research on Women,University of Oxford Sandra Burman Senior Member of the Centre for Cross-Cultural Research on Women, University of Oxford and Director of the Socio-legal Unit, University of Cape Town
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