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Title:Female genital cutting
Editor:Clark, GraciaISNI
Periodical:Africa Today (ISSN 1527-1978)
Geographic terms:Africa
Subject:female circumcision
Abstract:This special issue of 'Africa Today', an outgrowth of a panel at the American Anthropological Association meeting in Washington, D.C., in 2005, highlights how the topic of female genital cutting (FGC) engages anthropologists' peculiar position as sociocultural critics and potential collaborative reformers. The papers explore outsider and insider perspectives on FGC, concentrating on the attitudes of the individuals and groups that practise various forms of it, as well as on the effects and efficacy of indigenous and nonindigenous efforts to alter or stop it. Harriet Lyons offers a reflection of anthropological approaches to and political implications of studying FGC. Miroslava Prazak draws on her fieldwork among Kuria communities in Kenya to discuss recent attempts by international aid agencies and Christian organizations to introduce alternative rites of passage to Kurian female youths. Ylva Hernlund and Bettina Shell-Duncan report on their large-scale, multisite study of FGC in contiguous communities along the border between The Gambia and Senegal. Jennifer E. Coffman examines the case of Fauziya Kasinga, who was granted political asylum in the US in 1996 on the basis of the understanding that she had a well-founded fear of persecution should she be returned to Togo. Mwenda Ntarangwi discusses challenges inherent in teaching about FGC in Africa in US classrooms of undergraduates. [ASC Leiden abstract]