Gender Epistemologies In Africa: Gendering Traditions, Spaces, Social Institutions, and Identities

Hardcover | December 15, 2010

byOyeronke Oyewumi

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This book brings together a variety of studies that are engaged with notions of gender in different African localities, institutions and historical time periods. The objective is to expand empirical and theoretical studies that take seriously the idea that in order to understand gender and gender relations in Africa, we must start with Africa. If gender emerges out of particular histories and social contexts, we must therefore pay attention to the histories of genderings as well as the continuous ways in which gender is made and remade in everyday interactions, and by institutions. In this sense then, “gender” is actually more about gendering—a process—rather than something inherent in social relations.

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This book brings together a variety of studies that are engaged with notions of gender in different African localities, institutions and historical time periods. The objective is to expand empirical and theoretical studies that take seriously the idea that in order to understand gender and gender relations in Africa, we must start with...

Oyeronke Oyewumi is Associate Professor of Sociology at SUNY Stony Brook. She was born in Nigeria and educated at the University of Ibadan and the University of California at Berkeley, Oyewumi has been widely recognized for her work. The monograph Invention won the 1998 Distinguished Book Award of the American Sociological Association...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8.71 × 5.6 × 1.07 inPublished:December 15, 2010Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:023062345X

ISBN - 13:9780230623453

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Introduction. Genderings -- Oyeronke Oyewumi* Decolonizing the Intellectual and the Quotidian: Yoruba Scholars (hip) and Male Dominance -- Oyeronke Oyewumi * Gender in Translation: Efunsetan Aniwura.-- Adeleke Adeeko?* Ode to Patriarchy: The Fine Line Between Praise and Criticism in a Popular Senegalese Poem -- Marame Gueye * Women and Leadership in Nigerian Islam: The Experience of Alhaja Sheidat Mujidat Adeoye of Osogbo -- David O. Ogungbile * Engendering Critical Spatial Literacy: Migrant Asante women and the Politics of Urban Space -- Epifania Amoo-Adare * Outsiders Within: Experiences of Kenyan Women in Higher Education -- Njoki M. Kamau, * Self-image and Self-naming: A Social Analysis of Women’s Microenterprises in Senegal and Mali -- Marieme S. Lo * Irua Ria Atumia and Anti-colonial struggles among the Gikuyu of Kenya: A Counternarrative on “Female Genital Mutilation” -- Wairimu Ngaruiya Njambi * NAKABUMBA: God Creates Humanity as a Potter Creates a Pot -- Christine Saidi * Beyond Gendercentric Models: Restoring Motherhood to Yoruba Discourses of Art and Aesthetics -- Oyeronke Oyewumi