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Title:The impact of rural political economy on gender relations in Islamizing Hausaland, Nigeria
Author:Clough, PaulISNI
Year:2009
Periodical:Africa: Journal of the International African Institute
Volume:79
Issue:4
Pages:595-613
Language:English
Geographic terms:Nigeria
Northern Nigeria
Kenya
Subjects:Hausa
gender relations
political economy
Islam
Giryama
Links:https://doi.org/10.3366/E0001972009001089
http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/africa_the_journal_of_the_international_african_institute/v079/79.4.clough.pdf
Abstract:This article departs from general anthropological debates about the nature of gender to focus more narrowly on the impact of political economy and religion on gender relations. It explores the dialectic between commodification, Islamic conversion and gender relations in the Hausa hamlet of Marmara, in northern Nigeria. Despite changes in political economy and in religion, there has been great continuity in gender relations. The article ends with a structural comparison between the Hausa of Marmara and the Giriama of Kaloleni (in Kenya). In this comparison, it appears that political economy can be privileged over religion in the understanding of gender. Over the long term, however, a deeper continuity in local moral concepts structures people's very understanding of political economy, religion and gender. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]
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