Holding the World Together

African Women in Changing Perspective

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Nwando Achebe, Claire C. Robertson
Women in Africa and the Diaspora
  • Madison, WI: 
    University of Wisconsin Press
    , April
     352 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Mary Nyangweso forthcoming.


Featuring contributions from some of the most accomplished scholars on the topic, Holding the World Together explores the rich and varied ways in which women have wielded power across the African continent, from the precolonial period to the present. Suitable for classroom use, this comprehensive volume considers such topics as the representation of African women, their role in national liberation movements, their experiences of religious fundamentalism (both Christian and Muslim), their incorporation into the world economy, changing family and marriage systems, impacts of the world economy on their lives and livelihoods, and the unique challenges they face in the areas of health and disease.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Nwando Achebe is Jack and Margaret Sweet Endowed Professor of History at Michigan State University and the founding editor of the Journal of West African History.

Claire C. Robertson is Professor Emerita of Women’s Studies and history at the Ohio State University.


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