Yoruba Women, Work, And Social Change

Paperback | March 18, 2009

EditorMarjorie K. Mcintosh

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The Yoruba, one of the largest and most historically important 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 19th 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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The Yoruba, one of the largest and most historically important 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...

Marjorie Keniston McIntosh is Distinguished Professor of History Emerita at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Her work on Africa includes Women, Work, and Domestic Virtue in Uganda, 1900-2003, written with Grace Bantebya Kyomuhendo, which received the 2007 Aidoo-Snyder Prize awarded by the Women's Caucus of the African Studies Assoc...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.9 inPublished:March 18, 2009Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0253220548

ISBN - 13:9780253220547

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Table of Contents

Contents<_5c_>
Preface and Acknowledgments
Note on Language and Orthography
Abbreviations, Terms, and Explanations

Part 1. Introduction
1. Opening
2. Sources and Questions

Part 2. The Context of Women's Lives
3. Yorubaland, 18201893
4. Colonial Yorubaland, 18931960
5. Family and Marriage

Part 3. Women's Economic Activities
6. Labor, Property, and Agriculture
7. Income-Generating Activities in the Nineteenth Century
8. New Approaches to Familiar Roles during the Colonial Period
9. Western Skills and Service Careers

Part 4. Other Public Roles and Broader Issues
10. Religion, Cultural Forms, and Associations
11. Regents and Chiefs, Economic Organizations, and Politics
12. Patriarchy, Colonialism, and Women's Agency

Glossary of Yoruba Words
Notes
List of References
Index

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"Yoruba Women, Work, and Social Change provides an excellent overview of Yoruba historyand culture as well as illuminating descriptions of the activities of Yoruba women... it is an essential place to start for anyone interested in the history and culture of Yoruba women in south-western Nigeria. Its descriptive nature, chronological organisation, and flowing prose make this work highly accessible...." -Ann Genova, Roanoke College, Itinerario, Vol. 34.1 March 2010