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Title:Ambiguous Consequences of the Socialisation and Seclusion of Hausa Women
Author:Callaway, Barbara J.
Year:1984
Periodical:Journal of Modern African Studies
Volume:22
Issue:3
Period:September
Pages:429-450
Language:English
Geographic terms:Northern Nigeria
Nigeria
Subjects:Hausa
women
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Women's Issues
gender
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/160454
Abstract:This article discusses the situation of Hausa women in the predominantly Muslim city of Kano, Nigeria, and speculates upon the possibilities for changes in their status and life options grounded in the realities of their social environment. Over 95% of the married women in Kano city live in purdah: they appear to be withdrawn, obedient and deferrent. Deeper acquaintance, however, indicates clearly that these women are in fact typically outspoken, articulate and sometimes opiniated. This article examines these ambiguous consequences in the following sections: growing up female in Hausaland - religious reinforcement of female subordination - adult life - the role of education. Notes, tab.
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