This book argues for the applicability of a materialist mode of production analysis to the situation of women in Africa. It briefly reviews some of the intellectual background and current theoretical dilemmas of marxism-feminism.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Towards a Materialist Perspective on African Women -- The Material Basis of Sexism: A Mode of Production Analysis -- Patriarchal Social Formations in Zimbabwe -- Demographic Theories and Women's Reproductive Labor -- Rural Women's Access to Labor in West Africa -- Sexuality and Power on the Zambian Copperbelt: 1926-1964 -- Domestic Labor in a Colonial City: Prostitution in Nairobi, 1900-19521 -- Evading Male Control: Women in the Second Economy in Zaire -- The Middle-Class Family in Kenya: Changes in Gender Relations -- Trapped Workers: The Case of Domestic Servants in South Africa
Sharon B. Stichter, Jane L. Parpart