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Title:Women in Nairobi: The Paradox of Urban 'Progress'
Author:Thadani, Veena
Year:1978
Periodical:African Urban Studies
Issue:3
Period:Winter
Pages:67-83
Language:English
Geographic term:Kenya
Subjects:urban society
women
Women's Issues
Urbanization and Migration
Abstract:The circumstances of women in Nairobi - the opportunities, conflicts, and contradictions - reflect the differentiated impact of, and response to, urban conditions. Whereas life in the city offers women the possibility of independence from obedience and submission to spouse and kinsfolk, and while it represents a vivid contrast to a rural life of hard labor, the urban role of women in the city is often one of ambiguity, increased dependence, and lower status as a result of the loss of productivity and autonomy. Thus, while urban residence is often identified as a major step towards modernity, the paradoxes of urban 'progress' are clearly revealed in the case of women, as also of other underprivileged groups. Sections: The city - The rural roles of women and men - The structure of the family in the rural areas - The city seekers - The urban environment and the structure of the family -Women in the city - The impact of urban life on marriage customs - The paradox of 'progress'. Notes, ref., tab.
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