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Matriarchy and power in Africa : Aneji Eko

Author: David Uru Iyam
Publisher: Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan, 2013
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Aneji Eko was technically illiterate, but she represents a resource for understanding the complexities of African and Nigerian cultures. This is an account of matriarchy and the complex ties of kinship, their influences in shaping childhood culture, and how they determined cultural expectations across ethnic groups. Capturing a dimension of the dominance and power of a Nigerian woman, Matriarchy and Power in Africa
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Named Person: Aneji Eko
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: David Uru Iyam
ISBN: 9781137382795 1137382791
OCLC Number: 868638553
Notes: David Uru Iyam is an anthropologist and teaches at Whittier College, USA. He was a Fulbright Fellow, a Rockefeller Foundation Fellow, and served as the Associate Director of the African Studies Association. His previous books are The Broken Hoe and Nigeria (with Ruby A. Bell-Gam)
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Epublication based on: 9781137382788
1. Amama Ugima Mashin 2. Okopedi-Itu 3. Malam 4. Signature 5. A Distant Journey 6. A Missing Bone 7. A Broken Treasure 8. The First School Leaving Certificate 9. When the Onun Slept 10. Then She Left
Description: 1 online resource (212 pages) 8 black and white, illustrations
Contents: Amama ugima mashin --
Okopedi-Itu --
Malam --
Signature --
A distant journey --
A missing bone --
A broken treasure --
The first school leaving certificate --
When the Onun slept --
Then she left.

Abstract:

Aneji Eko was technically illiterate, but she represents a resource for understanding the complexities of African and Nigerian cultures. This is an account of matriarchy and the complex ties of kinship, their influences in shaping childhood culture, and how they determined cultural expectations across ethnic groups. Capturing a dimension of the dominance and power of a Nigerian woman, Matriarchy and Power in Africa shows the diverse ways in which women controlled a variety of people in their society, asserted their power, and maintained their authority in spite of the hurdles erected by a patriarchal system that minimizes women's role. In exercising her matriarchal authority, Aneji Eko defined the manner of domestic relationships, influenced the statuses of individuals within and beyond her household, established the character of the relationship between men and women, adults and children, and facilitated the balance between the temporal and secular domains of members of her household. This book fuses the underlying importance of women in Nigeria with issues of social class relations, gender construction, child-raising ideology, and their implications for prestige both in the traditional past and in the contemporary present. Many readers will recognize the woman, Aneji Eko, on whose social philosophy this account is based, as her story mirrors what they may remember or have heard concerning a parent or a relative, and even non-Africans will be familiar with the pattern of relationships the story of Aneji recounts

Review: 'Iyam provides insights about the role of women in an area of Nigeria outside of those usually discussed. Matriarchy and Power in Africa is filled with beautifully written vignettes that illustrate life with Aneji Eko and will open readers' eyes to a way of life very different from their own.' - Elisha Renne, University of Michigan, USA

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