Sitting on a Man: Colonialism and the Lost Political Institutions of Igbo Women

  title={Sitting on a Man: Colonialism and the Lost Political Institutions of Igbo Women},
  author={Judith Van Allen},
  journal={Canadian Journal of African Studies},
  • J. Allen
  • Published 1972
  • History
  • Canadian Journal of African Studies
In the conventional wisdom, Western influence has "emancipated" African women through the weakening of kinship bonds and the provision of "free choice" in Christian monogamous marriage, the suppression of "barbarous" practices, the opening of schools, the introduction of modern medicine and hygiene, and, sometimes, of female suffrage. But Westernization is not an unmixed blessing. The experience of Igbo women under British colonialism shows that Western influence can sometimes 

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