Gender Epistemologies in Africa

Gendering Traditions, Spaces, Social Institutions, and Identities

Author: O. Oyewumi

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230116272

Category: Social Science

Page: 244

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This volume brings together a variety of studies that are engaged with notions of gender in different African localities, institutions and historical time periods. The objective is to expand empirical and theoretical studies that take seriously the idea that in order to understand gender and gender relations in Africa, we must start with Africa.
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Muslim Ethiopia

The Christian Legacy, Identity Politics, and Islamic Reformism

Author: Terje Østebø

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137322098

Category: Social Science

Page: 267

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Drawing on international and multidisciplinary expertise, this pioneering edited collection analyzing Islam in contemporary Ethiopia challenges the popular notion of a 'Christian Ethiopia' imagined as the century-old, never colonized Abyssinia, isolated in the highlands and dominated by Orthodox Christianity.
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Gender and Language in Sub-Saharan Africa

Tradition, struggle and change

Author: Lilian Lem Atanga,Sibonile Edith Ellece,Lia Litosseliti,Jane Sunderland

Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing

ISBN: 9027272301

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 331

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Gender and Language in Sub-Saharan Africa: Tradition, Struggle and Change is the first book to bring together the topics of language and gender, African languages, and gender in African contexts, and it does so in a descriptive, explanatory and critical way. Including fascinating new work and new, often challenging data from Botswana, Chad, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa, this collection looks at some ‘traditional’ uses of language in relation to the gender of its speakers and the gendered nature of the languages themselves; it also identifies and explores social change in terms of both gender and sexuality, as reflected in and constructed by language and discourse. The contributions to this volume are accessibly written and will be of interest to students and established academics working on African sociolinguistics and discourse, as well as those whose interest is language, gender and sexuality.
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Gender in African Women's Writing

Identity, Sexuality, and Difference

Author: Juliana Makuchi Nfah-Abbenyi

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 9780253211491

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 188

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"This is a cogent analysis of the complexities of gender in the work of nine contemporary Anglophone and Francophone novelists.... offers illuminating interpretations of worthy writers... " —Multicultural Review "This book reaffirms Bessie Head's remark that books are a tool, in this case a tool that allows readers to understand better the rich lives and the condition of African women. Excellent notes and a rich bibliography." —Choice "... a college-level analysis which will appeal to any interested in African studies and literature." —The Bookwatch This book applies gender as a category of analysis to the works of nine sub-Saharan women writers: Aidoo, Bá, Beyala, Dangarembga, Emecheta, Head, Liking, Tlali, and Zanga Tsogo. The author appropriates western feminist theories of gender in an African literary context, and in the process, she finds and names critical theory that is African, indigenous, self-determining, which she then melds with western feminist theory and comes out with an over-arching theory that enriches western, post-colonial and African critical perspectives.
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Gender Epistemologies and Eurasian Borderlands

Author: M. Tlostanova

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230113923

Category: Social Science

Page: 240

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Tlostanova examines Central Asia and the Caucasus to trace the genealogy of feminism in those regions following the dissolution of the USSR. The forms it takes resist interpretation through the lenses of Western feminist theory and woman of color feminism, hence Eurasian borderland feminism must chart a third path.
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Gender History Across Epistemologies

Author: Donna R. Gabaccia,Mary Jo Maynes

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 111850822X

Category: History

Page: 352

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Gender History Across Epistemologies offers broad rangeof innovative approaches to gender history. The essays reveal howhistorians of gender are crossing boundaries - disciplinary,methodological, and national - to explore new opportunities forviewing gender as a category of historical analysis. Essays present epistemological and theoretical debates centralin gender history over the past two decades Contributions within this volume to the work on gender historyare approached from a wide range of disciplinary locations andapproaches The volume demonstrates that recent approaches to genderhistory suggest surprising crossovers and even the discovery ofcommon grounds
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The African Philosophy Reader

Author: P.H. Coetzee,A.P.J. Roux

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135884196

Category: Philosophy

Page: 672

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Divided into eight sections, each with introductory essays, the selections offer rich and detailed insights into a diverse multinational philosophical landscape. Revealed in this pathbreaking work is the way in which traditional philosophical issues related to ethics, metaphysics, and epistemology, for instance, take on specific forms in Africa's postcolonial struggles. Much of its moral, political, and social philosophy is concerned with the turbulent processes of embracing modern identities while protecting ancient cultures.
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African Gender Scholarship

Concepts, Methodologies, and Paradigms

Author: Signe Arnfred

Publisher: African Books Collective

ISBN: 9782869781382

Category: Social Science

Page: 100

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"A distinctive contribution of African feminist and gender scholarship has been a conscious effort to draw from, and simultaneously rethink, concepts, paradigms and methodologies that are often taken for granted both in conventional and in mainstream feminist scholarship. This with a view to enriching them with perspectives sensitive to the encounters, cultures, economic and socio-political predicaments that have shaped and been shaped by gender relations in Africa. This volume brings together essays by some of the leading names on gender studies in Africa, as a major contribution to these concerns. Situating themselves variously in relation to claims and counter claims on the universalisms and particularisms in African feminism and gender studies, the authors debate the relative (de)-merits of Eurocentrism, African epistemologies and cultures, colonial legacies, postcolonial realities, and other current dilemmas and challenges in understanding and articulating African feminism and gender research. Practiced and budding scholars should find this a fascinating read." -- Book cover.
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The Invention of Women

Making an African Sense of Western Gender Discourses

Author: Oyèrónkẹ́ Oyěwùmí

Publisher: U of Minnesota Press

ISBN: 9780816624416

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 229

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The author traces the misapplication of Western, body-oriented concepts of gender through the history of gender discourses in Yoruba studies. THE INVENTION OF WOMEN demonstrates that biology as a rationale for organizing the social world is a Western construction not applicable in Yoruban culture where social organization was determined by relative age.
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Writers and Social Thought in Africa

Author: Wale Adebanwi

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 131737861X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 136

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Social theory and social theorizing about Africa has largely ignored African literature. However, because writers are some of the continent’s finest social thinkers, they have produced – and continue to produce – works which constitute potential sources for the analysis of social thought, and for constructing social theory, in and beyond the continent. This comprehensive collection examines the relationship between African literature and African social thought. It explores the evolution and aesthetics of social thought in African fiction, and African writers’ conceptions of power and authority, legitimacy, history and modernity, gender and sexuality, culture, epistemology, globalization, and change and continuity in Africa. This book was originally published as a special issue of the Journal of Contemporary African Studies.
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