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`Feminist Ethnography‘: Women's Roles and Women's Networks
 looking after brothers, helping in the household
"These girls when they grow up will be great helpers to you in looking after the
 marrying and fetching high bride price
"Their bride prices will be used in paying their school fees as well."(p.127)
 "male daughter": fulfill father's expectations
"Her father […] had few children, and in fact no living son at all, but Ona grew to fill her
father's expectation. He had maintained that she must never marry."(p.11f)
"Because her father had no son, she had been dedicated to the gods to produce children in
his name, not that of any husband."(p.17f)
 bearing male children (if not, she is a "half woman")
"She was failing everybody. There was no child."(p.31)
"… for anybody who had no'two sons', or who only had daughters, or who had no children
at all […], it was better to keep quiet."(p.105)
 responsible for the economic, social and political reproduction of the household
Nnu Ego cooks, economises and is the head of her household
" What did you say? Did I not pay your bride price? Am I not your owner? […] If you are
going to be my wife, you must acccept my work, my way of life."(p.48f)
 "senior wife": setting example to younger wives, has thefirst right on husband
 looking after the children
"Nnu Ego had another stall in the market and some afternoons she would take Oshia with her, though most mornings he remained with his father. Nnaife did not like this arrangement and grumbled about it, but there was nothing he could do." (p.87)
 educating the children and placing them in their roles
mother o…