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Female status and role transition in the tswana life cycle
Ethnology (1987)
  • David N. Suggs
In a review of anthropological data on the climacteric, Griffen (1978) notes that there is a death of material pertaining to post-menopausal women in the ethnographic record. She correctly attributes this partially to "the anti-woman, anti-aging biases within U.S. culture, the culture in which so many ethnographers have been trained" (Griffin 1978:51). In line with current efforts to amend this situation (see e.g., Beyen 1986, Davis 1986, Lock 1986), this paper examines adult female status and role transition in terms of life-cycle progression among the Kgatla of Botswana.
  • mothers,
  • children,
  • age,
  • marriage,
  • menopause,
  • household management,
  • single women,
  • child care,
  • motherhood
Publication Date
April 1, 1987
Citation Information
David N. Suggs. "Female status and role transition in the tswana life cycle" Ethnology Vol. 26 Iss. 2 (1987) p. 107 - 120
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