Women And Leadership In West Africa: Mothering the Nation and Humanizing the State

Hardcover | December 6, 2011

byF. Steady

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Women and Leadership in West Africaoffers an insightful exploration of the factors that give rise to different types of female leadership in West Africa. It does so through an in-depth look at the Mano River Union countries of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, which have all directly or indirectly experienced civil wars over a decade long. Filomina Chioma Steady presents a compelling indigenous theoretical framework for understanding female leadership. It offers an alternative to male-dominated and politically-inspired authoritarian and war-prone leadership and also provides a powerful narrative for humanizing the state.

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Women and Leadership in West Africaoffers an insightful exploration of the factors that give rise to different types of female leadership in West Africa. It does so through an in-depth look at the Mano River Union countries of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, which have all directly or indirectly experienced civil wars over a decade ...

Filomina Chioma Steady is a professor of Africana Studies at Wellesley College, specializing in Gender Studies and Environmental Justice. She is an alumna of Smith College in the United States and received her doctorate from Oxford University in England. She has taught at several universities in the United States and Africa and also s...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:284 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.03 inPublished:December 6, 2011Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan USLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230338127

ISBN - 13:9780230338128

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Table of Contents

The Legacy and Importance of Female Leadership in Africa * Conceptual Framework and Themes * The Mano River Union and MARWOPNET * Women and Leadership in Guinea * Women and Leadership in Liberia * Women and Leadership in Sierra Leone * Analytical Insights on Female Leadership * Conclusion: Mothering the Nation and Humanizing the State

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'Filomina Chioma Steady's exposition of female leadership in West Africa blends indigenous and post-colonial themes to account for the emergence of a 'mothering the nation' focus of many women leaders in West Africa. This fascinating book explains how such leadership can 'humanize the state' and promote peace in nations once torn by conflict.'--Alice H. Eagly, professor of Psychology, James Padilla Chair of Arts and Sciences, Faculty Fellow of Institute for Policy Research, Northwestern University'The West African countries of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone provide the setting of this magnificent recounting of how the postcolonial state can acquire a humanizing face through the leadership efforts of women. This book unmasks the western stereotypes of endemic violence and ethnic strife in African societies and renders them as mere gendered manifestation of political power distribution.'--Anastasia Karakasidou, Professor and Chair, Department of Anthropology, Wellesley College'This work is one of a kind. There is no other presentation of oral testimonies by African women from this region of Africa on the concept of leadership.'--Johnetta Richards, professor of Africana Studies, San Francisco State University