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

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

Re Inventing Africa

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

Women In The Yoruba Religious Sphere

Author : Oyeronke Olajubu
ISBN : 9780791486115
Genre : Religion
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An exploration of gender and power relations in Yoruba religion--both Christianity and Yoruba traditional religion. Drawing on a wide range of oral and written sources, this book shows that women occupy a central place in the religious worldview and life of the Yoruba people and shows how men and women engage in mutually beneficial roles in the Yoruba religious sphere. It explores how gender issues play out in two Yoruba religious traditions--indigenous religion and Christianity in Southwestern Nigeria. Rather than shy away from illuminating the tensions between the prominent roles of Yoruba women in religion and their perceived marginalization, author Oyeronke Olajubu underscores how Yoruba women have challenged marginalization in ways unprecedented in other world religions.
Category: Religion

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
Category: Social Science

When Men Are Women

Author : John Colman Wood
ISBN : 0299165949
Genre : History
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In this fascinating exploration of the cultural models of manhood, When Men Are Women examines the unique world of the nomadic Gabra people, a camel-herding society in northern Kenya. Gabra men denigrate women and feminine things, yet regard their most prestigious men as women. As they grow older, all Gabra men become d'abella, or ritual experts, who have feminine identities. Wood's study draws from structuralism, psychoanalytic theory, and anthropology to probe the meaning of opposition and ambivalence in Gabra society. When Men Are Women provides a multifaceted view of gender as a cultural construction independent of sex, but nevertheless fundamentally related to it. By turning men into women, the Gabra confront the dilemmas and ambiguities of social life. Wood demonstrates that the Gabra can provide illuminating insight into our own culture's understanding of gender and its function in society.
Category: History

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