Female Circles and Male Lines: Gender Dynamics along the Swahili Coast

@article{Askew1999FemaleCA,
  title={Female Circles and Male Lines: Gender Dynamics along the Swahili Coast},
  author={Kelly Michelle Askew},
  journal={Africa Today},
  year={1999},
  volume={46},
  pages={102 - 67}
}
  • K. Askew
  • Published 1 July 1999
  • Sociology
  • Africa Today
This article explores transformations in gender relations along the Swahili Coast of East Africa through an historical examination of four domains of social life: politics, kinship, economics, and musical performance. By examining data about the relative social positions of women and men across a span of five centuries, I seek to counteract widespread tendencies to project assumptions of male dominance onto the past and to uncritically attribute current practices of gender segregation to the… 

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