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Title:Theorizing gender and feminisms in contemporary African studies
Author:Epprecht, MarcISNI
Year:2000
Periodical:SAFERE: Southern African Feminist Review (ISSN 1024-9451)
Volume:4-5
Issue:2-1
Pages:23-41
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Southern Africa
Africa
Subjects:African studies
gender relations
feminism
gender
women
Equality and Liberation
research
Education and Training
Law, Legal Issues, and Human Rights
External link:https://www.ajol.info/index.php/safere/article/view/23928
Abstract:In this review article the author looks at a number of books dealing with the subject of women in Africa, inspired by a whole gamut of different feminisms. The very fact that he points out the plethora of points of view is very pertinent. He also raises controversial topics like the 'connivance' of African women in their own suppression; the way in which patriarchal Western colonialism upset the delicate system of checks and balances which governed gender relations in precolonial society; the confusion now assailing African gender and masculinity and the effects this has on the present position of women; and the fact that many older anthropologists and ethnographers had a far from proficient, if any, command of the language of the people they were studying, which inevitably led to a whole range of misunderstandings. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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