This book argues for the applicability of a materialist mode of production analysis to the situation of women in Africa. It briefly reviews some of the intellectual background and current theoretical dilemmas of marxism-feminism.

chapter 1|26 pages

Introduction: Towards a Materialist Perspective on African Women

BySharon B. Stichter, Jane L. Parpart

chapter 2|33 pages

The Material Basis of Sexism: A Mode of Production Analysis

ByJeanne Koopman Henn

chapter 3|20 pages

Patriarchal Social Formations in Zimbabwe

ByNancy Folbre

chapter 4|16 pages

Demographic Theories and Women's Reproductive Labor

ByJane Vock

chapter 5|18 pages

Rural Women's Access to Labor in West Africa

ByPenelope A. Roberts

chapter 6|24 pages

Sexuality and Power on the Zambian Copperbelt: 1926-1964

ByJane L. Parpart

chapter 8|16 pages

Evading Male Control: Women in the Second Economy in Zaire

ByJanet MacGaffey

chapter 9|27 pages

The Middle-Class Family in Kenya: Changes in Gender Relations

BySharon B. Stichter

chapter 10|15 pages

Trapped Workers: The Case of Domestic Servants in South Africa

ByJacklyn Cock