Anthropology | AFRICAN WOMEN
E417 | 0427 | Clark

The remarkably active roles that African women play in their communities
bring them respect, but also heavy responsibilities. The degree and kind
of independence and resources they enjoy has changed
radically in specific societies from pre-colonial to contemporary times,
while their responsibilities continue to multiply.  This course follows
the themes of autonomy and control of resources, considering both economic
resources, such as land, labor, income and cattle, and social resources,
such as education, religion and political power.  Critical discussions of
these alternatives and changes for women will include their relevance to
African and US development policy, to African feminist concerns and
to our own personal options.  There will be a midterm and a final, both
taken home.  Graduate students will write a research paper.