q[Herbert] has constructed a model of power relationships structured upon gender and age, and derived from male transformative processes, and in so doing has written a notable, and most enjoyable, book.q -- African History qHerbert examines with great care and thoroughness the relationships between gender and power and the rationales that give them social form.... [Her] analytical ability is outstanding.q -- Patrick McNaughton qThis book is a well-written and essential study of the place of belief in African material culture.q -- International Journal of African Historical Studies Herbert relates the beliefs and practices associated with iron working in African cultures to other transformative activities -- chiefly investiture, hunting, and pottery making -- to propose a gender/age-based theory of power.intersection of the ring of white ash with the vertical rising from it on the Zanlerigu furnace reconstructed in northern Ghana ... Bryant ( 1970:389) claims that Zulu smelters believed it was necessary to incorporate human fat into their ... However, aborted fetuses and stillborns were reputed to be common ingredients in magical preparations in Barotseland and other parts of Central Africa ( Reynoldsanbsp;...
|Title||:||Iron, Gender, and Power|
|Author||:||Eugenia W. Herbert|
|Publisher||:||Indiana University Press - 1994-01-22|