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University of North Carolina (1996)

Rural Kenyan Luo women’s lived experiences : an interpretation (farmers, homemakers, rural women, women’s groups, patriarchy)

Opiyo, Felicia A

Titre : Rural Kenyan Luo women’s lived experiences : an interpretation (farmers, homemakers, rural women, women’s groups, patriarchy)

Auteur : Opiyo, Felicia A

Université de soutenance : University of North Carolina

Grade : Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) 1996

Résumé
The purpose of this research was to provide insight into the roles of rural Kenyan Luo women as farmers, homemakers, and members of women’s groups. More specifically, this research explored nine rural women’s multiple roles regarding their work/family expectations and responsibilities, especially in relation to family traditions, household tasks, food production, and income- generating activities. Five women in their twenties and four women in their forties were selected from Kendu Bay in western Kenya. Interpretive inquiry based on phenomenology and hermeneutics was used because it fostered exploration of the meaning of daily life experiences from the perspective of those living it. The major method of data collection was in-depth individual interviews using a series of open-ended questions. Each woman was interviewed three times for one to two hours each time. The transcribed texts were shared with the women for clarification and change. A feminist approach was used because it provided for an open, egalitarian relationship between the researcher and the participants which facilitated conversational dialogue. Through the analysis, themes emerged which created a sense of those threads that flowed through rural Kenyan Luo women’s roles as homemakers, farmers, and members of women’s groups, informing their attitudes and behaviors. Patriarchy was an over-arching theme which influenced all aspects of the women’s lives—marriage, work, and children—and seemed to form the base for the other major themes : conformity and struggle. Conformity was necessary to acquire a good name through respect and reciprocity, and to maintain connection to the community by observation of rituals and taboos. Struggle was exhibited in hard work, conflict between old and new values/practices, and their reflections about life. All themes were intertwined and overlapping and were evident throughout the women’s lives. Together they formed a picture which depicted the interdependence and multiplicity in rural Luo Kenyan women’s lives and explained how their lives work for them as they maintain their traditions in a changing world. The voices of the women reiterated the existence of these themes and through a shared perception of their significance and meaning, greater understanding of their lives was created.

Sujets : Women’s studies ; Luo (African people) ; Kendu Bay, Kenya ; Traditions ; Families and family life ; Social life and customs ;

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