Several NGOs in the Rukwa Region of Tanzania have been campaigning recently for their society to promote more gender equality. They are particularly focused on women having better guarantees to the lands they help farm. Several of the villages mentioned last week in a news report about the situation are located in the traditional Fipa […]

Doctors in the 1930s described a series of fainting spells by women on Tristan da Cunha as female hysteria, a diagnosis that would no longer be acceptable to medical authorities. Instead, Lance van Sittert analyzes them as political expressions. In a recent journal article, the Associate Professor of Historical Studies at the University of Cape […]

Scholars who want to study the Hutterites are frustrated by the fact that they resist what they see as intrusive surveys, prying researchers, and structured interviews. Instead of using standard social science data-gathering techniques, Bron B. Ingoldsby and Suzanne R. Smith decided to find out more about contemporary Hutterite society, particularly their family relations, by […]