Readings in Gender in Africa by Andrea CornwallReadings in Gender in Africa by Andrea Cornwall

Readings in Gender in Africa

EditorAndrea Cornwall

Paperback | February 14, 2005

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Readings in Gender in Africa collects the most important critical and theoretical writings on how gender issues have transformed contemporary views of Africa. Scholarship from North America, Europe, and Africa is represented in this comprehensive volume. A synthetic introduction by Andrea Cornwall discusses efforts to include women in research about Africa. The volume not only shows how gender relations have been constructed on the African continent but reflects the changes in approach and inquiry that have been brought about as scholars consider gender identities and difference in their work. Specific themes covered here include the contestation and representation of gender, femininity and masculinity, livelihoods and lifeways, gender and religion, gender and culture, and gender and governance. Readers from across the landscape of African studies will find this an essential sourcebook.

Published in association with the International African Institute, London

Andrea Cornwall is a Fellow of the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex, UK.
Title:Readings in Gender in AfricaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:264 pages, 9.25 × 8 × 0.56 inPublished:February 14, 2005Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0253217407

ISBN - 13:9780253217400

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Table of Contents

Part 1. Contested Representations: "Gender" in Africa
Part 2. Reconfiguring Identities: Femininities and Masculinities in Africa
Part 3. Livelihoods and Lifeways
Part 4. Transforming Traditions: Gender, Religion, and "Culture"
Part 5. Gender and Governance

Editorial Reviews

"The audience for this kind of insight is much broader than the gender studies students. For a start, many world leaders would benefit from hearing that last sentence. Could someone whisper it into their collective ears as they sleep, please? Something like this has the ability to present a world picture that is multi-faceted, politicised, and useful in de-stabilising conceptions of how culture is created and how it is used. And importantly today, why it is created, why it is used. (It could give gender theory a good name too, as its broader applicability is finally understood.) The thing is, the title Readings in Gender in Africa is misleading to anyone who hasn't had it ingrained during undergraduate that gender is everything, and Africa is a construct, and that both words signify the opposite to what the 'non-specialist' (and completely alienated) would imagine them to mean. The very selective sounding phrase really stands for the most general cultur" -based analysis of society possible, covering multiple eras, languages, contexts and time zones.