ISBN 9780797422599
Pages 256
Dimensions 216 x 140 mm
Published 2001
Publisher Women and Law in Southern Africa Research Trust, Zimbabwe
Format Paperback

Reconceptualizing the Family in a Changing Southern African Environment

by Sara Mvududu

This admirable, wide-ranging study grapples fearlessly with the mammoth topic of the Southern African family, and in particular, the positions and identities of women within the family, and their rights.

Issues broached include: women's access to land and physical resources; human resources as a survival strategy; the intersection of family, law, rights and resources; methodological perspectives; and the family as site for social transformation. There is an explicit political and feminist agenda and urgent aim: to encourage the reader to rethink the family; to reconceptualise its meaning; and contribute to the debate that surrounds the next phase of societies in change.

The narrative propels the reader along in the genuine anticipation that despite difficulties, new ground is breaking and new ideas emerging, which will interest firstly the Southern African woman, but equally, anyone interested in the topical and contentious issue of the family and its possibilities.

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