Sexual solidarity and the secrets of sight and sound: shifting gender relations and their ceremonial constitution

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This article looks at shifting gender relations among Okiek in Kenya as they have diversified their forest-based hunting and honey-gathering economy and examines the role of initiation ceremonies in creating and legitimating the structure of Okiek gender relations. Okiek gender relations are founded on a contradiction between complementarity at the level of household production and hierarchy in access to and control of material and social resources. Over time, that contradiction has sharpened. [cultural identity, gender relations, ceremony and ritual, Kenya, historical approaches, hunters and gatherers, Okiek]

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