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Description - Daughters of the Goddess, Daughters of Imperialism by Ifi Adadiume

This volume charts a genealogy of class transformation in the 20th century. Ifi Amadiume contrasts the idea of a collectivist, humanist culture of traditional African matriarchal heritage with a corrupt and oppressive culture of imperialism that she argues is the heritage of contemporary, elite-led women's organizations. She examines the histories, concerns and activities of such organizations in Nigeria, making comparisons with Britain and South Africa as well as international movements, and she explores internationalism as an instrument of class reproduction. In its critique of developmentalism, the book seeks never to lose its sight of grassroots women's voices and actions, and asks some hard questions of contemporary feminist movements.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781856498067
ISBN-10: 1856498069
Format: Paperback
Pages: 320
Imprint: Zed Books Ltd
Publisher: Zed Books Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Jan-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Ifi Adadiume

Ifi Amadiume is a award-winning poet and a political activist as well as an academic. She has lived in Nigeria and the UK and is currently associate professor at Dartmouth College, Hanover. There, she teaches in both the Department of Religion and the African-American Studies Programme. Professor Amadiume is author of the influential Male Daughters, Female Husbands (Zed Books, 1988) which won the Choice Outstanding Academic Book of the Year award in 1989.