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Title:Nilotic Women: A Diachronic Perspective
Author:Burton, John W.ISNI
Periodical:Journal of Modern African Studies
Geographic term:Sudan
Subjects:traditional society
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Women's Issues
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/160528
Abstract:In the light of the voluminous literature, recorded by missionaries, merchants, and casual travellers, the nature of the status and authority of Nilotic women is drawn into clearer relief. The first section of this article offers a review of what appears in the contemporary view as antiquarian images of Nilotic women. The second section gives a brief analysis of the colonial period and a summary of the effects of British administration in this region of Africa. The third section is concerned with the indigenous images of women in Nilotic mythology. The article concludes with an assessment of women, marriage, and power, with special reference to the pastoral Nilotic Atuot, among whom the author resided between October 1976 and November 1977. Throughout the discussion, however, the author's concern is with the Dinka, Nuer, and Atuot, since relatively little has been recorded on this score for the related Shilluk, Anuak, and so-called Luo. Notes.