THE INVENTION OF WOMEN MAKING AN AFRICAN SENSE OF WESTERN GENDER DISCOURSES

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The Invention Of Women

Author : Oyèrónkẹ́ Oyěwùmí
ISBN : 0816624410
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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The author traces the misapplication of Western, body-oriented concepts of gender through the history of gender discourses in Yoruba studies. THE INVENTION OF WOMEN demonstrates that biology as a rationale for organizing the social world is a Western construction not applicable in Yoruban culture where social organization was determined by relative age.
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

The Invention Of Women

Author : Oyèrónkẹ́ Oyěwùmí
ISBN : 9781452903255
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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The "woman question", this book asserts, is a Western one, and not a proper lens for viewing African society. A work that rethinks gender as a Western contruction, The Invention of Women offers a new way of understanding both Yoruban and Western cultures. Oyewumi traces the misapplication of Western, body-oriented concepts of gender through the history of gender discourses in Yoruba studies. Her analysis shows the paradoxical nature of two fundamental assumptions of feminist theory: that gender is socially constructed in old Yoruba society, and that social organization was determined by relative age.
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

For Women And The Nation

Author : Cheryl Johnson-Odim
ISBN : 0252066138
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti was a Nigerian feminist who fought for suffrage and equal rights for her countrywomen long before the second wave of the women's movement in the United States. She also joined the struggle for Nigerian independence as an activist in the anticolonial movement. This book presents the story of this courageous woman.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Male Daughters Female Husbands

Author : Professor Ifi Amadiume
ISBN : 9781783603343
Genre : Social Science
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In 1987, more than a decade before the dawn of queer theory, Ifi Amadiume wrote Male Daughters, Female Husbands, to critical acclaim. This compelling and highly original book frees the subject position of 'husband' from its affiliation with men, and goes on to do the same for other masculine attributes, dislocating sex, gender and sexual orientation. Boldly arguing that the notion of gender, as constructed in Western feminist discourse, did not exist in Africa before the colonial imposition of a dichotomous understanding of sexual difference, Male Daughters, Female Husbands examines the structures in African society that enabled people to achieve power, showing that roles were not rigidly masculinized nor feminized. At a time when gender and queer theory are viewed by some as being stuck in an identity-politics rut, this outstanding study not only warns against the danger of projecting a very specific, Western notion of difference onto other cultures, but calls us to question the very concept of gender itself.
Category: Social Science

Re Inventing Africa

Author : Ifi Amadiume
ISBN : 1856495345
Genre : Political Science
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Culture for 500 years
Category: Political Science

Yoruba Women Work And Social Change

Author : Marjorie Keniston McIntosh
ISBN : UOM:39015078780130
Genre : History
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Traces the roots of Yoruba women's stature and influence
Category: History

Re Creating Ourselves

Author : Molara Ogundipe-Leslie
ISBN : 0865434123
Genre : Social Science
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A selection of writings in which the author has critically and creatively pondered issues of gender, politics, and social transformation for at least three decades
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African Feminism

Author : Gwendolyn Mikell
ISBN : 9780812200775
Genre : Social Science
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African feminism, this landmark volume demonstrates, differs radically from the Western forms of feminism with which we have become familiar since the 1960s. African feminists are not, by and large, concerned with issues such as female control over reproduction or variation and choice within human sexuality, nor with debates about essentialism, the female body, or the discourse of patriarchy. The feminism that is slowly emerging in Africa is distinctly heterosexual, pronatal, and concerned with "bread, butter, and power" issues. Contributors present case studies of ten African states, demonstrating that—as they fight for access to land, for the right to own property, for control of food distribution, for living wages and safe working conditions, for health care, and for election reform—African women are creating a powerful and specifically African feminism.
Category: Social Science

Womanism And African Consciousness

Author : Mary Ebun Modupe Kolawole
ISBN : 0865435413
Genre : Literary Criticism
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This book is a comprehensive study of the African woman's cultural, societal, and political audibility. Through an in-depth historical critique of indigenous oral and written genres by and about women, the author challenges the accepted notion that African woman are "voiceless" members of society. At the base for her study is the concept of "Womanism" - an ideology which she defines as the "totality of feminine self-expression, self-retrieval, and self-assertion in positive cultural ways." This methodology reveals hidden areas of audibility and calls for a new generation of writers who will create a global consciousness about the realities of the African woman and women of African descent. The issues discussed are important and relevant to current dialogue among critics of feminism. Her conclusions, particularly on the issue of the "invisibility" myth and its origins, are well supported. Tracing the development of the portrayal of women in literature in a comprehensive and cohesive manner, the author concludes that African women writers are not passive to their condition - they are not "voiceless." She recommends a dialogic approach to modern criticism in order to accommodate all approaches to the African woman's self-definition. A high level of consciousness, she asserts, is central to self-recovery for the African woman and can be attained through African womanist ideology.
Category: Literary Criticism

African Sexualities

Author : Sylvia Tamale
ISBN : 9780857490162
Genre : Social Science
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A groundbreaking book, accessible but scholarly, by African activists. It uses research, life stories, and artistic expression--including essays, case studies, poetry, news clips, songs, fiction, memoirs, letters, interviews, short film scripts, and photographs--to examine dominant and deviant sexualities and investigate the intersections between sex, power, masculinities, and femininities. It also opens a space, particularly for young people, to think about African sexualities in different ways.
Category: Social Science