Gender and kinship

DASA research engages with gender as a mode of historical and anthropological analysis. 

Recognising that understandings of men and women, and the relations between them, vary in societies around the world, DASA researchers’ emphasis on sustained ‘on the ground’ research has generated new insights into longstanding debates about equality, difference, violence and justice.


Academic staff:

  • Lynne Brydon: Gender, changing family structures, migration, development issues, historicised ethnography
  • Juliet Gilbert: youth studies, religion, insecure livelihoods, and aspects of popular culture (fashion, beauty pageants, mobile phones).
  • Jessica Johnson: Social anthropology specialising in Southern Africa, anthropology of gender and law in Malawi.
  • Insa Nolte: Yoruba history, culture and politics, gender relations.
  • Kate Skinner: social and political histories of modern and contemporary Ghana and Togo, political activism, gender activism, legal reform, print cultures, mass literacy and education in other African countries.

Doctoral researchers:

  • Amy Redgrave: Colonial Anxieties, Local Debates and Struggles over 'Prostitution' in Southern Nigeria, 1890-1960.
  • Stacey Kennedy: Women’s agency in the African contemporary art world; exploring cosmopolitan art networks 

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