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Title:The Complexities of Female Household Headship in Botswana
Author:Mookodi, Godisang B.
Year:2000
Periodical:Pula: Botswana Journal of African Studies (ISSN 0256-2316)
Volume:14
Issue:2
Pages:148-164
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Botswana
Southern Africa
Subjects:gender relations
female-headed households
households
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Women's Issues
Cultural Roles
Family Life
Sex Roles
gender
Women heads of households
income
Resource allocation
Abstract:This paper discusses the complexities that arise when using the concept of female-headed household in the context of Botswana. It considers some of the criticisms of the concept of headship, notably that it presents a monolithic and often limited notion of social organization that fails to take into account complex gendered social interactions that occur within and outside the confines of domestic units. The results of a study conducted among low-income female and male-headed/supported households in Manyana, a rural village, and Gaborone, the Botswanan capital, reveal the complex interplay of culture-structure and individual agency that is obscured by discrete notions of 'headship'. Bibliogr., notes. [Journal abstract]
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