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Chiefly women and women's leadership in pre-colonial southern Africa

Weir, J. (2006) Chiefly women and women's leadership in pre-colonial southern Africa. In: Gasa, Nomboniso, (ed.) Women in South African history: they remove boulders and cross river. HSRC Press, Cape Town, pp. 3-20.

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The focus on women’s leadership and chiefly women in this chapter aims to explore some of the political, social, religious and economic dimensions that shaped leadership that has been largely neglected in the history of leadership in southern Africa. Exceptions include Hamilton (1985) and Hanretta’s (1998) work (see later). Hamilton challenges the view of women in the Zulu state as a homogenous group marked by universal subordination. For the most part, however, the Zulu past, in particular, has predominantly been written with an emphasis on masculine militarism that overrides and suppresses the political and militarised activities of certain women.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Murdoch Affiliation(s): Teaching and Learning Centre
Publisher: HSRC Press
Copyright: (c) 2007 Human Sciences Research Council.
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