Historical Dictionary of Women in Sub-Saharan Africa (Historical Dictionaries of Women in the World)

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African women’s history is a vast topic that embraces a wide variety of societies in over 50 countries with different geographies, social customs, religions, and historical situations. Africa is a predominantly agricultural continent, and a major factor in African agriculture is the central role of women as farmers. It is estimated that between 65 and 80 percent of African women are engaged in cultivating food for their families, and in the past that percentage was likely even higher. Thus, one common thread across much of the continent is women’s daily work in their family plot.

This second edition of Historical Dictionary of Women in Sub-Saharan Africa contains a chronology, an introduction, appendixes, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has over 700 cross-referenced entries on individual African women in history, politics, religion, and the arts; on important events, organizations, and publications; and on topics important to women in general (marriage, fertility, employment) and to African women in particular (market women, child marriage, queen mothers). This book is an excellent access point for students, researchers, and anyone wanting to know more about the Women in Africa.

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Kathleen Sheldon is an independent historian with a research affiliation at the Center for the Study of Women, University of California, Los Angeles. She has published books and articles on African history, with particular concentration on women’s history and Mozambique.

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Issued in the publisher's prolific series of historical dictionaries, many entries in this second edition by independent scholar Sheldon have been carefully updated and revised from the edition published more than a decade ago. The dictionary's strengths continue to be its coverage of individuals, organizations, and institutions in entries ranging from a few lines to two pages. Though most information is likely available online, it is very useful to have a volume in hand focusing specifically on Sub-Saharan women. . . .An appendix lists entries by country—an effective addition. More than a third of the volume is a bibliography of scholarly sources on history and special topics such as art, education, literature, marriage, pastoralism, slavery, and urbanization. . . .Libraries that have found the first edition useful will want to replace it with the present title.

Summing Up: Recommended. All academic levels; general readers. (CHOICE)

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