the political use of Sande ideology and symbolism


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Recent studies of the women's Sande society of West Africa have argued that the Sande seeks to produce symbolically pure adult women as well as bonds of female solidarity. This paper shows that Sande elite often side with elite men and exploit subordinate women. Crucial Sande symbolism merges differentiating features between the sexes. Conclusions are drawn about strategic uses of the Sande ideology by the elite in the context of its regional political economy. 1984 American Anthropological Association

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)455-472
Number of pages18
JournalAmerican Ethnologist
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 1984
Externally publishedYes

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  • Anthropology


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