A History of African Motherhood: The Case of Uganda, 7001900 (African Studies, Series Number 127)

A History of African Motherhood: The Case of Uganda, 7001900 (African Studies, Series Number 127) by Rhiannon Stephens 1107547199 9781107547193
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This history of African motherhood over the longue dure demonstrates that it was, ideologically and practically, central to social, economic, cultural, and political life. The book explores how people in the North Nyanzan societies of Uganda used an ideology of motherhood to shape their communities. More than biology, motherhood created essential social and political connections that cut across patrilineal and cultural-linguistic divides. The importance of motherhood as an ideology and a social institution meant that in chiefdoms and kingdoms queen mothers were powerful officials who legitimated the power of kings. This was the case in Buganda, the many kingdoms of Busoga, and the polities of Bugwere. By taking a long-term perspective from c.700 to 1900 CE and using an interdisciplinary approach - drawing on historical linguistics, comparative ethnography, and oral traditions and literature, as well as archival sources - this book shows the durability, mutability, and complexity of ideologies of motherhood in this region.

Author: Rhiannon Stephens

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 248

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Publication Date: 2015-08-06


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