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Gender Roles and Women's Status: What They Mean to Hausa Muslim Women in Northern Nigeria

Elisha P. Renne

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Published in print March 2004 | ISBN: 9780199270576
Published online April 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780191600883 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199270570.003.0015

Series: International Studies in Demography

Gender Roles and Women's Status: What They Mean to Hausa Muslim Women in Northern Nigeria

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Compares characteristics associated with women's status commonly used in demographic surveys with women's status, matsayi mace, as it is defined by a group of Hausa Moslem women in the northern Nigerian town of Zaria. Their assessments of appropriate gender roles and what constitutes ‘women's status’, which include the importance of respectability, mutunci, and seclusion, suggest that while distinctive cultural ideas and religious beliefs are essential in framing these definitions, there is no necessary congruence with the conventional ‘social indicators’, such as women's education and work, used in standardized surveys.

Keywords: gender ideology; Hausa; Islam; northern Nigeria; respectability; seclusion; women's education; women's status; women's work

Chapter.  9334 words. 

Subjects: History of Economic Thought

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