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Social Hierarchies: Women, Gender and the Construction of the Modern: Mauritania and Senegal
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Introduction

Complex social hierarchies have long characterized many West and Northwest African societies. Social rank within these groups is based partly on ascribed factors like genealogy; however, it is also influenced by achieved attributes, including wealth and particular qualities like honor and generosity. Womenʼs and men’s social positions …

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Katherine Wiley, “Social Hierarchies: Women, Gender and the Construction of the Modern: Mauritania and Senegal”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 27 May 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_COM_002033>
First published online: 2016



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