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Mother Is Gold, Father Is Glass : Gender and Colonialism in a Yoruba Town (Hardcover)

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Lorelle D. Semley explores the historical and political meanings ofmotherhood in West Africa and beyond, showing that the roles of women were far morecomplicated than previously thought. While in K tu, B nin, Semley discovered thatwomen were treasurers, advisors, ritual specialists, and colonial agents in additionto their more familiar roles as queens, wives, and sisters. These women with specialinfluence made it difficult for the French and others to enforce an ideal ofsubordinate women. As she traces how women gained prominence, Semley makes clear whypowerful mother figures still exist in the symbols and rituals of everydaypractices.


Publisher Indiana Univ Pr
Mfg Part# 9780253355454
SKU 213653393
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0253355451
Release Date 11/1/2010
Product Attributes
Book Format Hardcover
Number of Pages 0235
Publisher Indiana University Press
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