Yoruba Women, Work, and Social Change

Yoruba Women, Work, and Social Change

by Marjorie K. McIntosh
     
 

The Yoruba, one of the largest and most influential ethnic groups in Nigeria, are noted for the economic activity, confidence, and authority of their women. Yoruba Women, Work, and Social Change traces the history of women in Yorubaland from around 1820 to 1960 and Nigerian independence. Integrating fresh material from local court records and four decades of existing… See more details below

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The Yoruba, one of the largest and most influential ethnic groups in Nigeria, are noted for the economic activity, confidence, and authority of their women. Yoruba Women, Work, and Social Change traces the history of women in Yorubaland from around 1820 to 1960 and Nigerian independence. Integrating fresh material from local court records and four decades of existing scholarship, Marjorie Keniston McIntosh shows how and why women's roles and status changed during the nineteenth century and the colonial era. McIntosh emphasizes connections between their duties within the household, their income-generating work, and their responsibilities in religious, cultural, social, and political contexts. She highlights the forms of patriarchy found within Yorubaland and explores the impact of Christianity, colonialism, and international capitalism. This keen and insightful work offers a unique view of Yoruba women's initiative, adaptability, and skill at working in groups.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780253220547
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Publication date:
03/18/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.90(d)

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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments vii

Note on Language and Orthography xi

Abbreviations, Terms, and Explanations xiii

Part 1 Introduction

1 Opening 3

2 Sources and Questions 13

Part 2 The Context of Women's Lives

3 Yorubaland, 1820-1893 29

4 Colonial Yorubaland, 1893-1960 57

5 Family and Marriage 79

Part 3 Women's Economic Activities

6 Labor, Property, and Agriculture 109

7 Income-Generating Activities in the Nineteenth Century 126

8 New Approaches to Familiar Roles during the Colonial Period 147

9 Western Skills and Service Careers 169

Part 4 Other Public Roles and Broader Issues

10 Religion, Cultural Forms, and Associations 189

11 Regents and Chiefs, Economic Organizations, and Politics 216

12 Patriarchy, Colonialism, and Women's Agency 240

Glossary of Yoruba Words 247

Notes 249

List of References 295

Index 321

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