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Periodical article Periodical article
Title:Production, Property, Prostitution, Sexual Politics in Atu
Author:Bujra, J.M.
Periodical:Cahiers d'Études Africaines
Geographic term:Kenya
Discipline:Anthropology & Ethnology
Bajun - ethnic group
Abstract:'Sexual politics' is used here not in the sense of cultural weapons developed by men to assert male dominance and to denigrate and restrict women to passive and subordinate roles, but is more concerned with 'institutional weapons' forged by women to enlarge their freedom of social manoeuvre, and with the extent to which these are effective. Explored here is one instance where male-female relationships are overtly antagonistic; suggested is that this has its basis in the local political economy and in the dialectical relationship of that economy with broader patterns of changing political and economic power. Atu (a fictional name) is one, populous, of a group of villages on a remote island lying off the northern coast of Kenya, mainly occupied by Swahili-speaking Muslims. An attempt is made to give an understanding of how prostitution is accommodated within the local socio-economic context of Atu, but also to what extent it is a response, within a wider perspective of historical trends, to the changing politico-economic realities facing this area. (Source: ASC Documentation).