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Title:Africa after gender?
Editors:Cole, Catherine M.ISNI
Manuh, TakyiwaaISNI
Miescher, Stephan F.ISNI
Year:2007
Pages:328
Language:English
City of publisher:Bloomington, IN
Publisher:Indiana University Press
ISBN:0253348161; 0253218772; 9780253218773
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:gender studies
gender roles
women's organizations
Abstract:What is the meaning of gender in an African context? Why does gender usually connote women? Why has gender taken hold in Africa when feminism has not? Is gender yet another Western construct that has been applied to Africa, however ill-suited? This book looks at Africa now that gender has come into play to consider how the continent, its people, and the term itself have changed. It contains an Introduction: When was gender? by Stephan F. Miescher, Takyiwaa Manuh, and Catherine M. Cole, and sixteen papers which explore the meaning of gender in the African context. Part One: Volatile genders and new African women has four essays: Out of the closet: unveiling sexuality discourses in Uganda by Sylvia Tamale; Institutional dilemmas: representation versus mobilization in the South African Gender Commission by Gay W. Seidman; Gendered reproduction: placing schoolgirl pregnancies in African history by Lynn M. Thomas (Kenya); and Dialoguing women by Nwando Achebe (Igbo, Nigeria) and Bridget Teboh (Moghamo, Cameroon). The second part, Activism and public space, contains four articles: Rioting women and writing women: gender, class, and the public sphere in Africa by Susan Z. Andrade; Let us be united in purpose: variations on gender relations in the Yorb popular theatre by Adrienne MacIain; Doing gender work in Ghana by Takyiwaa Manuh; and Women as emergent actors: a survey of new women's organizations in Nigeria since the 1990s by Hussaina J. Abdullah. Part Three is entitled: Gender enactments, gendered perceptions and also presents four papers: Constituting subjects through performative acts by Paulla A. Ebron (Ghana and Senegambia); Gender after Africa! by Eileen Boris; When a man loves a woman: gender and national identity in Wole Soyinka's 'Death and the King's Horseman' and Mariama B's 'Scarlet Song' by Eileen Julien (Nigeria, Senegal); and Representing culture and identity: African women writers and national cultures by Nana Wilson-Tagoe. Part Four is entitled: Masculinity, misogyny, and seniority and also has four essays: Working with gender: the emergence of the 'male breadwinner' in colonial southwestern Nigeria by Lisa A. Lindsay; Becoming an ''?panyin': elders, gender, and masculinities in Ghana since the nineteenth century by Stephan F. Miescher; 'Give her a slap to warm her up': post-gender theory and Ghana's popular culture by Catherine M. Cole; and The 'post-gender' question in African studies by Helen Nabasuta Mugambi. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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