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Changing Rwandan Vision of Women and Land, in the Heart of the House, at the Outskirts of the World

Changing Rwandan Vision of Women and Land, in the Heart of the House, at the Outskirts of the World Afrika Focus, Vol. 15, nr. 1-2, 1999, pp.3-12 CHANGING RWANDAN VISION OF WOMEN AND LAND, IN THE HEART OF THE HOUSE, AT THE OUTSKIRTS OF THE WORLD Paper Presented at the 41st Annual Conference of the African Studies Association (ASA), Chicago, 31st October 1998. Danielle de LAME Ethnosociologie et Ethnohistoire Musee royal de l'Afrique centrale Leuvensesteenweg 13 B-3080 TERVUREN e-mail: danielle.delameCiVskynet.be INTRODUCTION The modest sketch I am quickly presenting here is the product of many years of reading about Rwandan culture and history, as well as of intensive fieldwork conducted on a remote hill between 1988 and 1990, a fieldwork which had prolongation until 1995 when I visited refugee camps in Kivu. Because gender and ethnicity are constructed as ascribed identities, they are used, perhaps more than other socio-cultural identities, to determine ways of access to various types of resources. Stereotypes about genders and gender roles are often embedded in wider ideologies. These ideologies enshrine and mask games of power, and legitimate discriminations regarding access to community resources. 3 In contexts of peripheral economies, the cultural gauges of wealth can alter, while the justification of inequalities shifts more slowly. When the local political system, as was the case in http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Afrika Focus Brill

Changing Rwandan Vision of Women and Land, in the Heart of the House, at the Outskirts of the World

Afrika Focus , Volume 15 (1-2): 10 – Feb 11, 1999

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Afrika Focus, Vol. 15, nr. 1-2, 1999, pp.3-12 CHANGING RWANDAN VISION OF WOMEN AND LAND, IN THE HEART OF THE HOUSE, AT THE OUTSKIRTS OF THE WORLD Paper Presented at the 41st Annual Conference of the African Studies Association (ASA), Chicago, 31st October 1998. Danielle de LAME Ethnosociologie et Ethnohistoire Musee royal de l'Afrique centrale Leuvensesteenweg 13 B-3080 TERVUREN e-mail: danielle.delameCiVskynet.be INTRODUCTION The modest sketch I am quickly presenting here is the product of many years of reading about Rwandan culture and history, as well as of intensive fieldwork conducted on a remote hill between 1988 and 1990, a fieldwork which had prolongation until 1995 when I visited refugee camps in Kivu. Because gender and ethnicity are constructed as ascribed identities, they are used, perhaps more than other socio-cultural identities, to determine ways of access to various types of resources. Stereotypes about genders and gender roles are often embedded in wider ideologies. These ideologies enshrine and mask games of power, and legitimate discriminations regarding access to community resources. 3 In contexts of peripheral economies, the cultural gauges of wealth can alter, while the justification of inequalities shifts more slowly. When the local political system, as was the case in

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