chapter  3
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Engendered Persons

I n the last chapter I argued that men dominate women in the engendering of things — through differential access to and control of the means of production, particularly land, through a hierarchical sexual division of labour, and through unequal attachment to and control over the major products for distribution and exchange, yams, pigs and mats. This involves both the material appropriation and the symbolic denigration of women’s labour. Thus the engendering of things revealed a hierarchy between men and women. The same might be said of the engendering of persons — through the prevailing patterns of kinship and marriage.