Albert, Ethel M.. Women of Burundi: a study of social values

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Title: Women of Burundi: a study of social values

Published in: Women of tropical Africa, edited by Denise Palume

Published By: Women of tropical Africa, edited by Denise Palume London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1963. 179-215 p., 4 plates

By line: Ethel M. Albert

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2010. Computer File

Culture: Barundi (FO58)

Subjects: Gender status (562); Castes (564); Ethics (577); Political intrigue (662); Poverty (735); Classes (565); Territorial hierarchy (631); Chief executive (643); Lineages (613); Regulation of marriage (582); Status, role, and prestige (554); Family relationships (593); Ingroup antagonisms (578); Polygamy (595); Eating (264); Division of labor by gender (462); Gift giving (431); Sanctions (681); (818); Social relationships and groups (571);

Abstract: Using as the central core of her study the Rundi ideals of the acquisition of political power and authority, wealth (in the form of cows, land, material goods, money, and the things it can purchase), respect and love from one's dependents, and elegance of appearance, manners and material possessions, the author attempts to show how a woman in Rundi society, despite her low social status, may achieve these goals through careful manipulation of her 'environment,' providing that she starts with a common denominator of relatively high caste position, intelligence and just plain luck. The author, a professional anthropologist, also presents a detailed study of the various social roles played in the society by a woman as mother, wife, co-wife (in a polygynous union), mother-in-law, sister-in-law, and unmarried girl. Caste differences in status are also clearly indicated here. The author did her field work for this study under a Fellowship grant from the Ford Foundation, African Program, between March 1956 and July 1957.

Document Number: 4

Document ID: fo58-004

Document Type: Essay

Language: English

Note: Footnotes appearing in the text will be found in category 116, pp. 214-215. Data on the disciplining of inferiors by superiors has been placed in category 681.

Field Date: 1956-1957

Evaluation: Ethnologist-5

Analyst: John Beierle ; 1965

Coverage Date: 1956-1963

Coverage Place: Burundi

LCSH: Rundi (African people)


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