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Women in Igbo Life and Thought Joseph Therese Agbasiere

Women in Igbo Life and Thought

Joseph Therese Agbasiere

Published May 11th 2000
ISBN : 9780415227049
Paperback
224 pages
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A member of the Igbo tribe of Nigeria who became a nun and trained as an anthropologist, Joseph Therese Agbasiere had a unique opportunity to transcend some of the preconceptions and subjectivities inevitable when an outsider studies a nativeMoreA member of the Igbo tribe of Nigeria who became a nun and trained as an anthropologist, Joseph Therese Agbasiere had a unique opportunity to transcend some of the preconceptions and subjectivities inevitable when an outsider studies a native society. Her ethnography examines kinship practices, marriage customs, and womens responsibilities in the house and the community, establishing the tremendous influence that Igbo women wield in public affairs. Igbo ideas about the universe, the person and spiritual considerations are also discussed and shown to be primarily centred around women. This work is a testament to the combination of personal insight and academic detachment which the author brought to her study of Igbo women before her death in 1998. It should be of interest to students and scholars in anthropology, African studies and womens studies.