Iron, Gender, and Power

Iron, Gender, and Power

Rituals of Transformation in African Societies
Eugenia W. Herbert
Distribution: World
Publication date: 01/22/1994
Format: Paperback 38 b&w photos
ISBN: 978-0-253-20833-0
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[Herbert] has constructed a model of power relationships structured upon gender and age, and derived from male transformative processes, and in so doing has written a notable, and most enjoyable, book." —African History

Herbert examines with great care and thoroughness the relationships between gender and power and the rationales that give them social form.... [Her] analytical ability is outstanding." —Patrick McNaughton

This book is a well-written and essential study of the place of belief in African material culture." —International Journal of African Historical Studies

Herbert relates the beliefs and practices associated with iron working in African cultures to other transformative activities—chiefly investiture, hunting, and pottery making—to propose a gender/age-based theory of power.

Author Bio

EUGENIA W. HERBERT is E. Nevius Rodman Professor of African History at Mount Holyoke College and author of Red Gold of Africa: Copper in Precolonial History and Culture.

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