Beyond Women's Empowerment in Africa: Exploring Dislocation and Agency by E. SwaiBeyond Women's Empowerment in Africa: Exploring Dislocation and Agency by E. Swai

Beyond Women's Empowerment in Africa: Exploring Dislocation and Agency

byE. Swai

Hardcover | July 21, 2010

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This book breaks new ground in understanding how modern society has shaped women’s knowledge system in Africa and deconstructs long-held myths about the position of ordinary women in the construction of knowledge. Using case studies, it historicizes the experiences of ordinary women in Tanzania and looks at how empowerment is used to, paradoxically, eviscerate women’s knowledge systems.

Elinami Veraeli Swai is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Toledo.
Title:Beyond Women's Empowerment in Africa: Exploring Dislocation and AgencyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:236 pagesPublished:July 21, 2010Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan USLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0230102484

ISBN - 13:9780230102484


Table of Contents

Acknowledgements * Introduction * Understanding Dislocation: Concepts and Claims * Women’s Knowledge Systems: toward Ambivalence and Silences * Speaking through Fashion: Khanga as Women’s Knowledge System * Inside Society: The Role of Women’s Knowledge Systems in Africa’s Development * The Genesis of Women Disempowerment: the Case of Kilimanjaro * Knowledge is Power and Power is Knowledge: The Politics of Women’s Empowerment * Conclusion * Bibliography

Editorial Reviews

“Many scholars of women in development in Africa will be pleased by the appearance of this book on the scholarly scene, because it is accessible and fills an existing academic lacuna by providing both the elucidation and the much-needed new theoretical thrust on women in Africa, beyond what we have heard in the past. I strongly believe that many teachers of gender and women’s studies, history, and anthropology as well as general readers keen to know more about women in Africa will be intrigued with the issues discussed in the book.”--Maurice Amutabi, Assistant Professor of History, Central Washington University“Few works attempt to overturn an entire paradigm; this is one. With an insider’s sensibility and original research, Swai controversially argues that ‘uplifting’ Western-style education in fact undermines rural African women’s key systems of knowledge production - as well as their social relationships. A must-read for African historians, development professionals, and educators.”--Teresa  Barnes, Associate Professor, History and Gender & Women’s Studies, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign"Beyond Women's Empowerment in Africa is a timely addition to the literature on women’s empowerment. Its critical and historical approach, focusing on the experiences of ordinary women in Tanzania, makes it a must-read for anyone interested in understanding the paradoxes of empowerment in relation to the lived experiences of women in a developing country."--Shad Nasong'o, Assistant Professor and J.S. Seidman Research Fellow, Department of International Studies, Rhodes College