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Title:Men, Women, and Market Trade in Rural Mali, West Africa
Author:Turrittin, Jane
Periodical:Canadian Journal of African Studies
Geographic term:Mali
market women
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Women's Issues
Economics and Trade
Labor and Employment
Cultural Roles
Sex Roles
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/485956
Abstract:This article, which is based on fieldwork carried out in 1982-1983, shows how Bambara women in rural Mali are being disadvantaged in a situation of capitalist expansion. Bambara beliefs about appropriate market activity for men and women are reported and related to Bambara gender ideology. Men's and women's marketing activities, both within the village and at a thriving local market, are compared. It is argued that increasing market participation is not enhancing women's power because beliefs about gender, demands made on women's labour time, the promotion of adult literacy in Bambara, and male restrictions on female mobility structure access to the market in ways which shift the business advantage to men. The recent differentiation between the types of savings association in which men and women participate is symptomatic of the increasing discrepancy between their earning power in the marketplace. Bibliogr., notes, sum. in French.