The Invention of Women
Making an African Sense of Western Gender Discourses
By (author) Oyeronke Oyewumi
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Invention of Women by Oyeronke Oyewumi
Book DescriptionThe "woman question," this book asserts, is a Western one, and not a proper lens for viewing African society. A work that rethinks gender as a Western contruction, The Invention of Women offers a new way of understanding both Yoruban and Western cultures. Oyewumi traces the misapplication of Western, body-oriented concepts of gender through the history of gender discourses in Yoruba studies. Her analysis shows the paradoxical nature of two fundamental assumptions of feminist theory: that gender is socially constructed in old Yoruba society, and that social organization was determined by relative age.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780816624416
(230mm x 151mm x 13mm)
Imprint: University of Minnesota Press
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Publish Date: 1-Oct-1997
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Oyeronke Oyewumi
What Gender is Motherhood?, Hardback (December 2015)
There is significant religious and linguistic evidence that Yoruba society was not gendered in its original form. In this follow-up to The Invention of Women: Making an African Sense of Western Gender Discourses, Oyewumi explores the intersections of gender, history, knowledge-making, and the role of intellectuals in the process.
Gender Epistemologies in Africa, Hardback (December 2010)
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.
African Gender Studies, Paperback (October 2005)» View all books by Oyeronke Oyewumi
This is the first comprehensive reader that brings African experiences to bear on the ongoing global discussions of women, gender, and society. Bringing together the essential writing on this topic from the last 25 years, these essays discuss gender in Africa from a multi-disciplinary perspective.
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