Hausa Concepts of Masculinity and the ‘Yan Daudu

  • Frank A. Salamone


There has long been an argument between advocates of nature and nurture regarding the function each has in shaping human behavior. Recently, sociobiologists such as Chagnon (1988) and Fox (1997) have had particular influence in shaping the argument regarding the inherent, or biological, nature of masculinity. The significance of the cultural construction of masculinity and femininity and of gender roles in general has been relatively neglected in the elevation of biological theories in the social sciences and their employment to explain cultural issues. I am not denying the importance of biology, simply stressing the manner in which culture gives meaning to it in its social landscape. (For relevant works on sociobiology see Barkow et al. 1992 and Boyd and Richerson 1994.)


Ethnic Identity Female Genital Mutilation Colonial Rule Spirit Possession Masculine Role 
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