Women in Igbo Life and Thought

Women in Igbo Life and Thought

by Joseph Therese Agbasiere, Agbasiere Josep
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415227046

ISBN-13: 9780415227049

Pub. Date: 08/09/2000

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

A member of the Igbo tribe of Nigeria who became a nun and trained as an anthropologist, Joseph Therese Agbasiere had a unique opportunity to transcend some of the preconceptions and subjectivities inevitable when an 'outsider'studies a native society.
Her richly detailed ethnography examines kinship practices, marriage customs, and women's responsibilities in

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A member of the Igbo tribe of Nigeria who became a nun and trained as an anthropologist, Joseph Therese Agbasiere had a unique opportunity to transcend some of the preconceptions and subjectivities inevitable when an 'outsider'studies a native society.
Her richly detailed ethnography examines kinship practices, marriage customs, and women's responsibilities in the house and the community, establishing the tremendous influence that Igbo women wield in public affairs. Igbo ideas about the universe, the person and spiritual considerations are also discussed and shown to be primarily centred around women.
This fascinating work is a testament to the combination of personal insight and academic detachment which the author brought to her study of Igbo women before her death in 1998. It will be a valuable resource for students and scholars in anthropology, African studies and women's studies.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415227049
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
08/09/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.46(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Maps, plates and tables
Notes on orthography
Biographical Note
1Introducing Igbo women1
2Ibi: a traditional community10
3Political organization in Ibi26
4Igbo women: socio-political and religious status37
5Igbo cosmology48
6The Igbo idea of person65
7Kinship relations and the position of the woman76
8Traditional marriage rites93
9Married life: moral relations115
10Widowhood143
11Concluding remarks163
Appendixfuneral rites of an Igbo Christian wife of a chief168
Bibliography175
Index183

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