The Fractured Community

The Fractured Community

Landscapes of Power and Gender in Rural Zambia

eBook - 1997
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University of California Press
This study examines the lives of the women and men living in two small rural communities in Zambia on the eve of the collapse of the one-party state in the 1980s. Moving beyond the limits of traditional ethnography, Kate Crehan traces the often complex ways in which local, day-to-day realities are linked to wider economic, political, imaginative structures of power beyond northwestern Zambia.

Drawing on extensive fieldwork, Crehan examines economics and gender, politics and kin relations, state and local relations, and witchcraft. Situating her data within a sophisticated yet accessible theoretical framework, she uncovers the power relations that have shaped and defined these communities. Among Crehan's theoretical contributions is a deft argument for the use of Antonio Gramsci's notion of hegemony to analyze ordinary life.

This examination of a marginalized, rural society throws unexpected light on some of the concrete realities of capitalism in contemporary sub-Saharan Africa. It also provides inspiring examples of how complicated theoretical viewpoints can be translatedwithout simplificationinto clear starting points for research.


Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, c1997
ISBN: 9780585134994
0585134995
0520206606
0520206592
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xi, 258 p.) : ill., map

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