Rethinking Pastoralism In Africa: Gender, Culture, and the Myth of the Patriarchal Pastoralist
by Dorothy L. Hodgson
edited by Dorothy L. Hodgson
Ohio University Press, 2001
Paper: 978-0-8214-1370-8 | Cloth: 978-0-8214-1369-2
Library of Congress Classification GN645.R49 2000
Dewey Decimal Classification 306.3615096


The dominant trend in pastoralist studies has long assumed that pastoralism and pastoral gender relations are inherently patriarchal. The contributors to this collection, in contrast, use diverse analytic approaches to demonstrate that pastoralist gender relations are dynamic, relational, historical, and produced through complex local-translocal interactions. Combining theoretically sophisticated analysis with detailed case studies, this collection will appeal to those doing research and teaching in African studies, gender studies, anthropology, and history. Among the topics discussed are pastoralism, patriarchy, and history among Maasai in Tanganyika; women’s roles in peacemaking in Somali society; the fertility of houses and herds; gender, aging, and postchildbearing experience in a Tuareg community; and milk selling among Fulani women in Northern Burkina Faso.

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