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Featuring contributions from some of the most accomplished scholars on the topic, Holding the World Together explores the rich and varied ways in which women have wielded power across the African continent, from the precolonial period to the present. Suitable for classroom use, this comprehensive volume considers such topics as the representation of African women, their role in national liberation movements, their experiences of religious fundamentalism (both Christian and Muslim), their incorporation into the world economy, changing family and marriage systems, impacts of the world economy on their lives and livelihoods, and the unique challenges they face in the areas of health and disease.

Contributors: Nwando Achebe, Ousseina Alidou, Signe Arnfred, Andrea L. Arrington-Sirois, Henryatta Ballah, Teresa Barnes, Josephine Beoku-Betts, Emily Burril, Abena P. A. Busia, Gracia Clark, Alicia Decker, Karen Flint, December Green, Cajetan Iheka, Rachel Jean-Baptiste, Elizabeth M. Perego, Claire Robertson, Kathleen Sheldon, Aili Mari Tripp, Cassandra Veney

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vi-viii
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  1. Prologue: Holding the World Together
  2. Abena P. A. Busia
  3. pp. 3-4
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  1. Introduction
  2. Claire Robertson and Nwando Achebe
  3. pp. 5-18
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  1. Part I. Representations of and by African Women
  1. 1. Front and Center on the Global Stage: African Women in Contemporary Novels
  2. Elizabeth M. Perego
  3. pp. 21-40
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  1. 2. Contrasting Visions: Filmic Representations of African Women
  2. Cajetan Iheka
  3. pp. 41-58
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  1. Part II. Religion and Politics
  1. 3. Politico-Religious Systems and African Women’s Power
  2. Nwando Achebe
  3. pp. 61-80
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  1. 4. Colonialism and Resistance: Protests and National Liberation Movements
  2. Kathleen Sheldon
  3. pp. 81-102
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  1. 5. Religious Fundamentalisms and Women in Contemporary Africa
  2. Ousseina Alidou
  3. pp. 103-124
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  1. 6. African Women Organize
  2. Alicia C. Decker and Andrea L. Arrington-Sirois
  3. pp. 125-144
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  1. 7. Women and Politics in Africa
  2. Aili Mari Tripp
  3. pp. 145-166
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  1. Part III. Economy and Society
  1. 8. African Women in the Real Economy: Prehistoric, Precolonial, Colonial, and Contemporary Transitions
  2. Gracia Clark
  3. pp. 169-190
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  1. 9. Women and Slavery: Changes and Continuities
  2. Claire Robertson
  3. pp. 191-210
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  1. 10. Education for African Girls: Still Striving for Equality
  2. Josephine Beoku-Betts
  3. pp. 211-234
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  1. 11. Urbanizing Women: Merging the Personal, Political, and Spatial
  2. Teresa Barnes
  3. pp. 235-254
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  1. 12. Women and the New African Diaspora
  2. Cassandra Veney
  3. pp. 255-272
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  1. Part IV. Love, Marriage, and Women’s Bodies, Past and Present
  1. 13. Love, Marriage, and Families in Africa
  2. Rachel Jean-Baptiste and Emily Burrill
  3. pp. 275-294
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  1. 14. Gender and Sexuality: Gradations, Contestations
  2. Signe Arnfred
  3. pp. 295-316
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  1. 15. Violence against Women: Households, Wars, Refugees, and Resistance
  2. Henryatta Ballah and December Green
  3. pp. 317-336
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  1. 16. African Women and Health: Evolving Challenges
  2. Karen Flint
  3. pp. 337-356
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  1. Coda: Transforming Visions
  2. Abena P. A. Busia
  3. pp. 357-358
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 359-364
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 365-386
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780299321130
Related ISBN
9780299321109
MARC Record
OCLC
1096238202
Pages
392
Launched on MUSE
2019-04-29
Language
English
Open Access
No
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