The People You Live With

Gender Identities and Social Practices, Beliefs and Power in the Livelihoods of Ndau Women and Men

Carin Vijfhuizen


This book is out of print.


A sociological account of the lives of Ndau (Shona) women and men based on a study of the Ndau women and men living in Manesa, a village in the Mutema chieftaincy of the Chipinga District in Zimbabwe. Against a background of politics, chieftaincy and religious practice, the study systematically examines social relations, kinship and marriage amongst the Ndau, their homesteads, the allocation and holding of land, and agricultural production within and outside irrigation schemes.


[Vijfhuizen] has written a village ethnography in the classic sense. She contributes admirably to debates on kinship units and gender roles. - David McDermott Hughes, Journal of Southern African Studies


Carin Vijfhuizen was in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands. She holds a BSc in. Agricultural Economics and Animal Husbandry.