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Title:Between knowing and imagining: what space for feminism in scholarship on Africa?
Author:Pereira, CharmaineISNI
Periodical:Feminist Africa
Geographic term:Africa
gender relations
Education and Training
Equality and Liberation
Cultural Roles
External link:http://www.agi.ac.za/sites/default/files/image_tool/images/429/feminist_africa_journals/archive/01/fa_1_feature_article_2.pdf
Abstract:The persistence of gender blindness in mainstream research on Africa remains a serious concern. Even CODESRIA, formed and led by (male) scholars enlightened enough to recognize that knowledge production can never be neutral, appears to find it difficult to uphold the principle that gender is a fundamental axis of division and power in all social processes and relationships. While the major conferences and ongoing research networks focusing on different aspects of gender relations are important features of CODESRIA's intellectual work, there appears to be a large gap between this arena and the space demarcated for the rest of CODESRIA's activities. This pattern suggests that gender studies in CODESRIA runs parallel to the malestream of scholarship in which gender blindness is accepted as the norm. The author illustrates her argument by analysing two texts published by CODESRIA, viz. 'Between liberalisation and oppression: the politics of structural adjustment in Africa', ed. by T. Mkandawire and A. Olukoshi (1995) and 'The military and militarism in Africa', ed. by E. Hutchful and A. Bathily (1998). Bibliogr., notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]