Historical Dictionary Of Women In Sub-Saharan Africa

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Overview

This vast dictionary launches the new series, Historical Dictionaries of Women in the World, and fills a huge gap in the literature, as there previously has not been any comprehensive reference work on African women. This dictionary includes over 660 entries on notable women in history, politics, religion, the arts, and other sectors; on events particularly associated with women; on women's organizations and publications; and on a range of topics that are important to women in general or that have a special importance for African women, including marriage, fertility, market women, goddesses, and much more. Entries include cross-referencing information that facilitates readers' ability to find related information. The book also includes an introductory essay and a chronology on African women's history, as well as an extensive bibliography divided into sub-sections on different historical eras and subjects. Access to finding specific information is further aided by a country index. A wide range of users will find this reference extremely valuable, including researchers in African or women's history, high school and university students, and people involved with African policy and development issues such as diplomats or aid workers.

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Editorial Reviews

CHOICE
In the first volume of this new Scarecrow series, Sheldon has brought together information on women in sub-Saharan Africa that is difficult to find in any other reference source. There is an excellent introduction on the role and history of women in Africa....Recommended. Undergraduate and graduate collections.
American Reference Books Annual
...this comprehensive reference book fills a huge gap in the African history literature....This fascinating book is highly recommended for all African history and women's studies collections.
Feminist Collections
...a superb introduction about African women's roles and history...Strongly recommended, the Historical Dictionary of Women in Sub-Saharan Africa is suggested for undergraduate and graduate collections.
African Research and Documentation
...a truly comprehensive, well thought-out volume, with valuable introductory essays regarding both the history and the historiography of its subject matter. 2006, no. 100
Reference and Research Book News
Some 1000 entries by historian Sheldon (affiliated with the Center for the Study of Women at the U. of California, Los Angeles) provide biographical information on important African women, definitions of concepts important to women’s history in Africa, and descriptions of significant women’s organizations and publications. The entries date back to precolonial times in subject matter, but primarily treat the past half-century of history. As in other volumes of the series, the text also includes an introductory historical essay, a chronology, and a thematically organized bibliography. An appendix lists entries by country."
The African Book Publishing Record
This is an excellent resource and all African studies collections will want to aquire a copy, as will general academic, community and major public libraries.
— Hans Zell, 2005
Journal Of African History
Sheldon's great strength is her ability to write with a clarity that makes entries accessible to novices even as her extensive coverage allows them to be of value to specialists. She skillfully synthesizes topics like Christianity and colonialism while gracefully managing controversial items like feminism and female genital cutting. Entries are extensively cross-referenced....An outstanding bibliography running to 106 pages rivals the entries themselves for usefulness.
— 2008, Vol 49
Choice
In the first volume of this new Scarecrow series, Sheldon has brought together information on women in sub-Saharan Africa that is difficult to find in any other reference source. There is an excellent introduction on the role and history of women in Africa....Recommended. Undergraduate and graduate collections.
Feminist Collections: A Quarterly Of Women's Studies Resources
...a superb introduction about African women's roles and history...Strongly recommended, the Historical Dictionary of Women in Sub-Saharan Africa is suggested for undergraduate and graduate collections.
American Reference Books Annual (ARBA)
...this comprehensive reference book fills a huge gap in the African history literature....This fascinating book is highly recommended for all African history and women's studies collections.
9/15/2006 Booklist
There is relatively little available in reference form on women in sub-Saharan Africa. Aside from breaking new ground, the great strength of this accessible historical dictionary is the organized presentation of topics bearing on women's issues on the subcontinent. An excellent, informative, and briskly written introduction is followed by approximately 300 alphabetically arranged entries covering a plethora of topics from the general (Education, HIV/AIDS, Literature) to the specific (Emecheta, Buchi; Inkatha Women's Brigade)....This excellent source gives just enough information to whet the interest and then points the way to in-depth sources in particular areas. An excellent purchase for academic and large public libraries.
Feminist Collections: A Quarterly Of Women's Studies Resources
...a superb introduction about African women's roles and history...Strongly recommended, the Historical Dictionary of Women in Sub-Saharan Africa is suggested for undergraduate and graduate collections.
The African Book Publishing Record - Hans Zell
This is an excellent resource and all African studies collections will want to aquire a copy, as will general academic, community and major public libraries.
Journal of African History - Vol 49 2008
Sheldon's great strength is her ability to write with a clarity that makes entries accessible to novices even as her extensive coverage allows them to be of value to specialists. She skillfully synthesizes topics like Christianity and colonialism while gracefully managing controversial items like feminism and female genital cutting. Entries are extensively cross-referenced....An outstanding bibliography running to 106 pages rivals the entries themselves for usefulness.
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Meet the Author

Kathleen Sheldon is an independent historian with a research affiliation at the University of California, Los Angeles, Center for the Study of Women. She has published books and articles on African history, with particular concentration on women's history and on Mozambique.

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Table of Contents

Part 1 Editor's Foreword Part 2 Acknowledgments Part 3 List of Abbreviations and Acronyms Part 4 Map Part 5 Chronology Part 6 Introduction Part 7 THE DICTIONARY Part 8 Appendix: Dictionary Entries by Country Part 9 Bibliography Part 10 About the Author

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