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Mother Is Gold, Father Is Glass: Gender and Colonialism in a Yoruba Town (Hardback)

Lorelle D. Semley

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ISBN 10: 0253355451 / ISBN 13: 9780253355454
Edité par Indiana University Press, United States, 2010
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Language: English . Brand New Book. Lorelle D. Semley explores the historical and political meanings of motherhood in West Africa and beyond, showing that the roles of women were far more complicated than previously thought. While in Ketu, Benin, Semley discovered that women were treasurers, advisors, ritual specialists, and colonial agents in addition to their more familiar roles as queens, wives, and sisters. These women with special influence made it difficult for the French and others to enforce an ideal of subordinate women. As she traces how women gained prominence, Semley makes clear why powerful mother figures still exist in the symbols and rituals of everyday practices. N° de réf. du libraire CBL9780253355454

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Titre : Mother Is Gold, Father Is Glass: Gender and ...

Éditeur : Indiana University Press, United States

Date d'édition : 2010

Reliure : Hardback

Etat du livre :New

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Lorelle D. Semley explores the historical and political meanings of motherhood in West Africa and beyond, showing that the roles of women were far more complicated than previously thought. While in Kétu, Bénin, Semley discovered that women were treasurers, advisors, ritual specialists, and colonial agents in addition to their more familiar roles as queens, wives, and sisters. These women with special influence made it difficult for the French and others to enforce an ideal of subordinate women. As she traces how women gained prominence, Semley makes clear why powerful mother figures still exist in the symbols and rituals of everyday practices.

About the Author:

Lorelle D. Semley is Assistant Professor in the Department of History at Wesleyan University. Her work has been published in Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures and she is a contributor to Crossing Memories: Slavery and African Diaspora (forthcoming).

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