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Description - Courtyards, Markets, City Streets by Kathleen Sheldon

Although women have long been active residents in African cities, explorations of their contributions have been marginal. This volume brings women into the center of the urban landscape, using case studies to illustrate their contributions to family, community, work, and political life. The book begins with a rich introduction that discusses how womens work in trade and agriculture has been the foundation of African urbanization. The contributors then focus on patterns of migration and urbanization, with an emphasis on the personal and social issues that influence the decision to migrate from rural areas; womens employment in varied activities from selling crafts to managing small businesses; the sometimes unavoidable practice of prostitution when options are limited ; the emergence of complex new family formations deriving from access to courts and the continued strength of polygyny; and womens participation in community and political activities. The volume includes material from all regions of sub-Saharan Africa and brings together scholars from all the social sciences.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780813386867
ISBN-10: 0813386861
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 352
Imprint: Westview Press Inc
Publisher: INGRAM PUBLISHER SERVICES US
Publish Date: 6-Sep-1996
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Kathleen Sheldon

Kathleen Sheldon is a research scholar at the centre for the Study of Women at the University of California at Los Angeles. She has published extensively on African women's history, with a particular interest in the history of women in Mozambique and is the author of Courtyards, Markets, City Streets, (Westview Press, 1996).

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