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McIntosh, Marjorie Keniston
Yoruba women, work, and social change / Marjorie Keniston McIntosh
Bloomington : Indiana University Press, c2009
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 3rd Floor  DT515.45.Y67 M35 2009    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Women, Yoruba -- Nigeria -- Social conditions -- 19th century
Women, Yoruba -- Nigeria -- Social conditions -- 20th century
Women, Yoruba -- Employment -- Nigeria -- History -- 19th century
Women, Yoruba -- Employment -- Nigeria -- History -- 20th century
Subject Nigeria -- History -- 19th century
Nigeria -- History -- 1900-1960
Physical Description xiv, 336 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. [295]-320) and index
Contents Opening -- Sources and questions -- Yorubaland, 1820-1893 -- Colonial Yorubaland, 1893-1960 -- Family and marriage -- Labor, property, and agriculture -- Income-generating activities in the nineteenth century -- New approaches to familiar roles during the colonial period -- Western skills and service careers -- Religion, cultural forms, and associations -- Regents and chiefs, economic organizations, and politics -- Patriarchy, colonialism, and women's agency
Review "The Yoruba, one of the largest and most historically important ethnic groups in Nigeria, are noted for the economic activity, confidence, and authority of their women. Yoruba Women, Work, and Social Change traces the history of women in Yorubaland from around 1820 to 1960 and Nigerian independence. Integrating fresh material from local court records and four decades of existing scholarship, Marjorie Keniston McIntosh shows how and why women's roles and status changed during the 19th century and the colonial era." "McIntosh emphasizes connections between their duties within the household, their income-generating work, and their responsibilities in religious, cultural, social, and political contexts. She highlights the forms of patriarchy found within Yorubaland and explores the impact of Christianity, colonialism, and international capitalism. This keen and insightful work offers a unique view of Yoruba women's initiative, adaptability, and skill at working in groups."--BOOK JACKET

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