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

Male Daughters Female Husbands

Author : 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

African Gender Studies

Author : Oyeronke Oyewumi
ISBN : 1403962839
Genre : Social Science
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This is the first comprehensive reader that brings African experiences to bear on the ongoing global discussions of women, gender, and society. Bringing together the essential writing on this topic from the last 25 years, these essays discuss gender in Africa from a multi-disciplinary perspective. With a theoretical and conceptual focus, African Gender Studies will inform debate in African Studies, Women's Studies, History, Sociology and Anthropology.
Category: Social Science

Africa After Gender

Author : Catherine M. Cole
ISBN : 9780253218773
Genre : History
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Gender is one of the most productive, dynamic, and vibrant areas of Africanist research today. This volume looks at Africa now that gender has come into play to consider how the continent, its people, and the term itself have changed.
Category: History

Re Inventing Africa

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

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

Sex And The Empire That Is No More

Author : J. Lorand Matory
ISBN : 9781571813077
Genre : Religion
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This historical anthropology narrates how the traditions of Sango and Ogun are carried into and participate in the post-independence political and economical developments, and how they relate to contemporary Islamic and Christian religious streams.
Category: Religion

Heterosexual Africa

Author : Marc Epprecht
ISBN : 9780821442982
Genre : Medical
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Heterosexual Africa? The History of an Idea from the Age of Exploration to the Age of AIDS builds from Marc Epprecht’s previous book, Hungochani (which focuses explicitly on same-sex desire in southern Africa), to explore the historical processes by which a singular, heterosexual identity for Africa was constructed—by anthropologists, ethnopsychologists, colonial officials, African elites, and most recently, health care workers seeking to address the HIV/AIDS pandemic. This is an eloquently written, accessible book, based on a rich and diverse range of sources, that will find enthusiastic audiences in classrooms and in the general public. Epprecht argues that Africans, just like people all over the world, have always had a range of sexualities and sexual identities. Over the course of the last two centuries, however, African societies south of the Sahara have come to be viewed as singularly heterosexual. Epprecht carefully traces the many routes by which this singularity, this heteronormativity, became a dominant culture. In telling a fascinating story that will surely generate lively debate, Epprecht makes his project speak to a range of literatures—queer theory, the new imperial history, African social history, queer and women’s studies, and biomedical literature on the HIV/AIDS pandemic. He does this with a light enough hand that his story is not bogged down by endless references to particular debates. Heterosexual Africa? aims to understand an enduring stereotype about Africa and Africans. It asks how Africa came to be defined as a “homosexual-free zone” during the colonial era, and how this idea not only survived the transition to independence but flourished under conditions of globalization and early panicky responses to HIV/AIDS.
Category: Medical