Those Who Play with Fire
Gender, Fertility and Transformation in East and Southern Africa
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Those Who Play with Fire by Henrietta L. Moore
Book DescriptionWhether initiating girls or healing cattle, bringing rain or protesting taxation, many in Africa share a vision of a world where the cultural, symbolic and cosmic categories of 'male' and 'female' serve, through ritual, to both reimagine and transform the world. Those Who Play With Fire introduces recent gender theory to the analysis of African ethnography, exploring the ways in which ideational gender categories permeate African systems of thought and ritual practices. Thus, the book provides a powerful framework with which to evaluate previous ethnographic material on Africa. In addition, Those Who Play With Fire presents a broad range of new case studies - of hunter-gatherers, agriculturalists and pastoralists - revealing the varied and complex ways in which African ideas and ideals of what it means to be 'male' and 'female' broadly inform and give meaning to a wide range of transformative rituals.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780826463678
(216mm x 138mm x 18mm)
Imprint: Continuum Publishing Corporation
Publisher: Continuum Publishing Corporation
Publish Date: 1-Jan-1999
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Henrietta L. Moore
Anthropology in Theory, Paperback (January 2014)
This second edition of the widely praised Anthropology in Theory: Issues in Epistemology, features a variety of updates, revisions, and new readings in its comprehensive presentation of issues in the history of anthropological theory and epistemology over the past century.
Still Life, Hardback (September 2011)
How adequate are our theories of globalisation for analysing the worlds we share with others? In this provocative new book, Henrietta Moore asks us to step back and re-examine in a fresh way the interconnections normally labeled 'globalisation'.
Cultural Politics in a Global Age, Paperback (April 2008)» View all books by Henrietta L. Moore
A compendium of prominent thinkers' answers to the question: 'What is the future of culture in the age of globalization?'
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Author Biography - Henrietta L. Moore
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.
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