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Title:Bigger Than Men? Gender Relations and Their Changing Meaning in Kipsigis Society, Kenya
Author:Von Bulow, Dorthe
Periodical:Africa: Journal of the International African Institute
Geographic term:Kenya
Subjects:gender relations
Women's Issues
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Cultural Roles
Family Life
Marital Relations and Nuptiality
Sex Roles
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/1161349
Abstract:This article examines why Kipsigis women in the Kenya highlands today appear strong and determined although colonization and commoditization have led to an increase in their subordination. Inspired by studies that link cultural ideas about gender with actual social relations, the author investigates how Kipsigis ideas about female and male interact with production relations. She argues that gender relations and meanings attributed to gender have altered radically during this century, and that changed economic and political circumstances have led to new struggles over the meaning and interpretation of gender ideologies. The article demonstrates how Kipsigis women fight for their own autonomy and strive to construct a position of higher social value in contemporary society. It shows how they manage to negotiate control over household resources by referring to and manipulating customary ideas about status and rights within the house property complex practised in precolonial society. The article is based on field research carried out from March 1985 to April 1986 in Kericho District, Mosop Location. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and French.