(1996, University of Wisconsin Press)
Women’s labor—producing both crops and children—has long been the linchpin of male status and power throughout Africa. This book lucidly interprets the intricate relations of gender to state-building in Africa by looking historically at control over production and reproduction, from the nineteenth century to the present. Though men obviously dominate their society at both the local level and nationally, women have had power of their own by virtue of their status as women. Men may own the land, for example, but women control the crops through their labor.
“One of the charms of this book is the self-evident way in which gender emerges as a crucial issue in what some might see as a different topic: the articulation of local and national politics.” – www.highbeam.com