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African Women in Towns
An Aspect of Africa's Social Revolution


  • Date Published: February 1974
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521098199

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  • This 1973 book analyses the changing position of women in an urban context in sub-Saharan Africa. In spite of the fact that women, at the time of publication, were often important leaders of opinion and in these countries the proportion of women in professional work was at least as large as in Britain, few researchers and even fewer television and newspaper reporters paid them sufficient attention. As the new role of women in Africa was peculiarly a phenomenon of the city, Professor Little's book uses the concept of urbanization in order to analyse the radical changes taking place. He shows how certain women's movements were growing out of the African woman's desire for a new relationship with the man. This leads him to consider the part played by women in the political arena, and women's position not only in monogamous marriage, but also in extra-marital and sexual relationships.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 1974
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521098199
    • length: 252 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.33kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The urban situation
    2. Women as migrants
    3. Women in the urban economy
    4. Women's urbanization through voluntary associations
    5. Women in the political arena
    6. 'Walk-about women'
    7. The world of lovers
    8. Courtship and social mobility
    9. Wife versus lineage
    10. Matrimonial power, parity, and partnership
    11. Conclusions
    References cited

  • Author

    Kenneth Little, University of Edinburgh

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