Those Who Play with Fire: Gender, Fertility and Transformation in East and Southern Africa

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Explores the ways in which gender categories permeate African systems of thought and ritual practices.

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Ten contributions from an international group of anthropologists introduce recent gender theory to the analysis of African ethnography. A range of case studies encompassing hunter-gatherers, agriculturalists, and pastoralists apply new theoretical approaches to gender ideology as it relates to cosmological thinking, concepts of fertility, and other topics. An important theme running through the articles is the attempt to overcome or properly modify sociologist Emile Durkheim's belief that all categories of thought are socially derived. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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