Listen, Here is a Story: Ethnographic Life Narratives from Aka and Ngandu Women of the Congo Basin

Paperback | May 15, 2012

byBonnie L. Hewlett

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Based on author Bonnie L. Hewlett's ten years of field experience in the Central African Republic, Listen, Here Is a Story: Ethnographic Life Narratives from Aka and Ngandu Women of the Congo Basin offers a fascinating glimpse into the lives of contemporary African women in their own words. Rendered here are the experiences of four women who Hewlett depicts in their homes, fields, and the forest. The women vividly recall memories, childhood games, dances, folk tales, songs, and drawings from throughout their lives and provide insights and anecdotes from their experiences as children,adolescents, mothers, wives, and providers. A vital contribution to literature on foraging and farming societies, Listen, Here Is a Story presents a new viewpoint on small-scale communities from a non-Western perspective.

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Based on author Bonnie L. Hewlett's ten years of field experience in the Central African Republic, Listen, Here Is a Story: Ethnographic Life Narratives from Aka and Ngandu Women of the Congo Basin offers a fascinating glimpse into the lives of contemporary African women in their own words. Rendered here are the experiences of four wom...

Bonnie L. Hewlett has conducted research with several ethnic groups in sub-Saharan Africa. She is a Visiting Professor of Anthropology at Washington State University, Vancouver and was a Fulbright scholar 2010-2011 at Hawassa University, Ethiopia.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 5.51 × 8.19 × 0.79 inPublished:May 15, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Each chapter ends with "Notes from the Field" and "Questions for Reflection."PrefaceAcknowledgementsMap of Central African RepublicIntrodcution: Women's Lives at the CrossroadsInto the Field:Anthropological Methods: Collecting the DataThe Women:Blondine, a Ngandu WomanTherese, a Ngandu WomanNali, an Aka WomanKonga, an Aka Woman1. The Forest and Village WorldsSocio-Economic and Historic Context of Central Africa RepublicThe Impact of Colonialism on Nambele, Central African RepublicOverview of the Aka and Ngandu Peoples:The AkaThe NganduThe Nature of Relations Between the Aka and NganduIn Their Words: Relations Among the Women:Ngandu Women: BlondineNgandu Women: ThereseAka Women: NaliAka Women: Konga2. Children of the Forest and VillageThe Work of Childhood:Ngandu ChildrenAka ChildrenEarliest Memories and Childhood:Ngandu Women: BlondineNgandu Women: ThereseAka Women: NaliAka Women: KongaLessons of Respect and Learning to Share:Ngandu Women: BlondineNgandu Women: ThereseAka Women: NaliAka Women: KongaWhen the Moon Is Full and the Night Is Clear:Ngandu Women: BlondineNgandu Women: ThereseTherese's StoryAka Women: NaliAka Women: KongaDevelopmental and Cross-Cultural Perspectives3. The Components of a Good LifeOn Becoming a Woman:Ngandu AdolescentsAka AdolescentsMenstruation, First Marriage, and Love:Ngandu Women: BlondineNgandu Women: ThereseTherese's Marriage StoryAka Women: NaliAka Women: KongaThe Work and Pleasure of Sex:Ngandu Women: BlondineNgandu Women: ThereseAka Women: NaliNali's StoryAka Women: KongaSex, Love, and Attachment: The Interactive Nature of Culture, Ecology, and Biology4. The Harsh and Delightful Realities of Marriage and MotherhoodThe Work of the NightLearning to Love and Learning to Mourn: Child Birth and Child Loss:Ngandu Women: BlondineNgandu Women: ThereseAka Women: NaliAka Women: KongaThe Adaptive Design of Grief:Woodburn's ModelExplaining Diversity and UnityNganduAka5. The Consequences of Being a WomanEgalitarianism, Hierarchy, and Gendered RelationsDiffering Faces of Gendered Realities, or, the Life of a WomanNgandu Women: BlondineNgandu Women: ThereseAka Women: NaliAka Women: KongaVoices of Pain and Passion:Ngandu Women: BlondineBlondine's StoryNgandu Women: ThereseAka Women: NaliAka Women: KongaConfronting the Challenge: Jealousy, Anger, and Divorce6. Generations and GrandmothersFrom Mothers to GrandmothersReflections from a Woman's Life:Ngandu Women: BlondineLouise, friend and (ex)sister-in-law of Blondine'sGaspard, 58-year-old brother of BlondineNgandu Women: ThereseBasil, 50-year-old son of ThereseChantal, 39-year-old daughter of ThereseMbengui, 20-year-old grandson of ThereseVanessa, 24-year-old granddaughter of ThereseAka Women: NaliElaka, daughter of NaliKokote, husband of NaliAka Women: KongaMokandja, son of KongaMoboubou, daughter of KongaLessons from the Grandmothers:Ngandu Women: BlondineNgandu Women: ThereseTherese's storyAka Women: NaliAka Women: KongaSocial Continuity and Change: An Intergenerational View:Ngandu Women: BlondineNgandu Women: ThereseAka Women: NaliAka Women: KongaLives at the Intersection of the Global and Local WorldsGrandmothers, Kinship, and Health7. Conclusion: Globalization and Forces of ChangeGlossaryBibliographyIndex