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Dreaming of fecundity in rural society

Doja, A.; (2005) Dreaming of fecundity in rural society. Rural History , 16 (2) pp. 209-233. 10.1017/S0956793305001482. Green open access


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In Albanian village society, the main characteristic of the social status of women, and their only function that meets social approval, is their aptitude for procreation and motherhood. And the Albanian child is first and foremost a son, who will succeed his father, inherit from him, guarantee the everlastingness of his lineage and honour his ancestors. If the daughter is a future wife and a potential mother, polyvalent images make the boy child the symbol of radical transformation, renewal and regeneration. The beliefs, rites, practices, the multiple symbolic forms and collective representations surrounding birth and socialisation, in addition to their magic, divinatory or propitiatory roles, are also used to confer a symbolic value of recognition on the processes of construction and socialisation of the individual who has just been born.

Type: Article
Title: Dreaming of fecundity in rural society
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1017/S0956793305001482
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0956793305001482
Language: English
Additional information: Doja, A. (2005) Dreaming of fecundity in rural society. Rural History, 16 (2). pp. 209-233. ISSN 09567933 © Cambridge University Press. The online edition is at http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayJournal?jid=RUH
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Anthropology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/16542
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