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Periodical article Periodical article Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue WorldCat catalogue WorldCat
Title:Gender Analysis and African Social Sciences in the 1990s
Author:Imam, Ayesha M.
Year:1990
Periodical:Africa Development: A Quarterly Journal of CODESRIA (ISSN 0850-3907)
Volume:15
Issue:3-4
Pages:241-257
Language:English
Geographic terms:Nigeria
Northern Nigeria
Africa
Subjects:women's employment
women's work
households
Women's Issues
Bibliography/Research
Labor and Employment
research
Sex Roles
Status of Women
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/24486825
Abstract:Since the mid-1970s, the study of women has contributed in many ways to the knowledge of African realities. It has demonstrated the importance of women not simply as passive breeders, but also as economic agents, and as actively involved in resistance to oppression and in the creation of new opportunities. However, in many studies women and gender relations are still neglected. Studies on northern Nigeria are a case in point. Analyses of rural life and production in northern Nigeria frequently describe household production as dominated by men, rendering women's work invisible. This tendency to neglect women's roles has had, and continues to have serious implications for development policies and projects in the area. What is needed is a theory of the household economy that takes into account all forms of labour, intrahousehold relations, and the responsibilities of both sexes. Bibliogr., ref.
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