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Title:Women and migration in African historiography: notes for a debate
Author:Machava, AdéritoISNI
Periodical:Afrika Zamani: revue annuelle d'histoire africaine = Annual Journal of African History (ISSN 0850-3079)
Geographic terms:Africa
women migrants
Abstract:Recent studies have established that women are invisible in African historiography due to patriarchal control mechanisms of African societies that limit the role of women to domestic activities. Womens mobility and agency were ignored by historians until the rise of the so-called 'gender lobby'during the early 1990s. Although contemporary research has shown that traditional patterns of migration within and from Africa, previously male-dominated, long-term and long-distance, are increasingly becoming feminized, it seems that there is a resistance to this paradigm shift in migration debate which continues to be male-centred, relegating women to the shadow of history. This paper is grounded within this problematic and examines issues behind the continuing marginalization of women's agency in migration in African historiography. It pays particular attention to women's agency through questioning the links between women's migration and gender relations. It argues that there is a need for better understanding of factors that influence the shifting from an androcentric paradigm to a more balanced one that takes into account gender relations. Examples are taken from the southern African region, notably Mozambique. Bibliogr., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]