A History of African Motherhood: The Case of Uganda, by Rhiannon Stephens

By Rhiannon Stephens

This historical past of African motherhood over the longue durée demonstrates that it was once, ideologically and essentially, significant to social, monetary, cultural and political lifestyles. The e-book explores how humans within the North Nyanzan societies of Uganda used an ideology of motherhood to form their groups. greater than biology, motherhood created crucial social and political connections that minimize throughout patrilineal and cultural-linguistic divides. the significance of motherhood as an ideology and a social establishment intended that during chiefdoms and kingdoms queen moms have been robust officers who legitimated the facility of kings. This used to be the case in Buganda, the various kingdoms of Busoga, and the polities of Bugwere. through taking a long term standpoint from c.700 to 1900 CE and utilizing an interdisciplinary technique - drawing on old linguistics, comparative ethnography, and oral traditions and literature, in addition to archival assets - this booklet indicates the sturdiness, mutability and complexity of ideologies of motherhood during this region.

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