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Title:Kasena women's critique of gender roles and gender justice through proverbial jesting
Author:Yitah, Helen
Year:2012
Periodical:Journal of African Cultural Studies (ISSN 1369-6815)
Volume:24
Issue:1
Pages:9-20
Language:English
Geographic term:Ghana
Subjects:proverbs
women
Kasena
gender roles
joking relationships
gender inequality
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13696815.2012.666858
Abstract:This article analyses proverbs used by Kasena women from northern Ghana in their effort to critique gendered perceptions of justice in their society. This critique takes place within the socially approved medium of the joking relationship that pertains between a Kasena woman and her husband's kin. The joking relationship permits joking partners to give their views free reign and therefore provides a safe avenue for women to express their own attitudes and values pertaining to justice. They subvert and contradict Kasem proverbs in order to protest the use of gender as a basis for defining women's roles and rights in the home and in marriage. However, gender justice, as it can be gleaned from the proverbs the women deploy, is not limited to demanding freedom from traditional dependencies and addressing gender inequities. It is broadened to include calls for the recognition of women's self worth and of their contribution to culture, a conception of justice that has been the subject of recent debates on the definition of justice which have moved the focus from issues of distribution to questions of recognition. Bibliogr., notes, sum. in English and Kasem. [Journal abstract]
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