African Matriarchal Foundations: The Igbo CaseAuthor: Ifi Amadiume

The received anthropological view is that the Igbo are not a matriarchal society. This book is a contribution to this debate and the author uses a variety of lines to demonstrate her primary thesis: that Igbo societies are fundamentally matriarchal and have suffered an imposition of patriarchy upon it. The author shows that the arguments arising from the matriarchy/ patriarchy discourse are contesting, and not harmonious. In affirming her thesis, she demonstrates the veneration of the female in Igbo societies from the time of the first ancestries, Idemili, to contemporary times where matriarchy is continued with assumed and inherited powers independent of male sanction (though patriarchy is encroaching upon even women’s organisations). The ideas discussed here are controversial and innovating, and put forward with a strict academic rigor, and with an analytical and interpretative vision.

Paperback: 88 pages
Publisher: Karnak House (Jun 1987)
Language English
ISBN-10: 0907015271
ISBN-13: 978-0907015277
Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 13.2 x 0.6 cm