Women's Voices in a Man's World

Lidwien Kapteijns


Women's Voices in a Man's World

Women's Voices in a Man's World

  • Title: Women's Voices in a Man's World
  • Author: Lidwien Kapteijns
  • ISBN: 9780325001333
  • Page: 500
  • Format: Paperback



Two questions dominate this ethnographic, literary, and historical study of Somali society through its orature First, in what ways do Somali oral texts provide information about women and gender relations in Somali society Second, how do these oral texts present the concepts of tradition and an authentic cultural heritage and identity, particularly as these concepts afTwo questions dominate this ethnographic, literary, and historical study of Somali society through its orature First, in what ways do Somali oral texts provide information about women and gender relations in Somali society Second, how do these oral texts present the concepts of tradition and an authentic cultural heritage and identity, particularly as these concepts affect women and gender relations In seeking to answer these questions, Kapteijns has gathered a considerable number of Somali oral texts and popular songs The first part of the book focuses on the texts from the colonial period and develops a critical ethnography of women and gender relations while the second part considers contemporary love songs as important cultural sites for debate about women and tradition Kapteijns book will enlighten readers unfamiliar with the wit and spirit of Somali culture Somali readers will find the book essential for critically engaging the received notions of their past and traditions.


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