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Female Genital Mutilation: Legal, Cultural and Medical Issues
     

Female Genital Mutilation: Legal, Cultural and Medical Issues

by Rosemarie Skaine
 

ISBN-10: 0786421673

ISBN-13: 9780786421671

Pub. Date: 09/13/2005

Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers

Female genital mutilation (FGM) occurs in many parts of the world, especially in Africa. It is a cultural practice thought to have been established centuries ago, though its origins appear to have been lost in the past. International efforts to eliminate it also have a long history. As early as the 17th century, Christian missionaries and colonial administrations

Overview

Female genital mutilation (FGM) occurs in many parts of the world, especially in Africa. It is a cultural practice thought to have been established centuries ago, though its origins appear to have been lost in the past. International efforts to eliminate it also have a long history. As early as the 17th century, Christian missionaries and colonial administrations in Africa attempted to prevent the practice. Today, efforts to eradicate FGM are under way within and outside of practicing cultures.
This book discusses the definition and types of FGM and explores the common justifications for the practice, along with the incidence in Africa and other continents, global laws, legal issues, rights and religion. Ethical considerations are examined, as are progress and the role of culture. Personal interviews help to expand and enrich the discussion. The book concludes with thoughts on the movement from tradition to cultural evolution.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786421671
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
09/13/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
331
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.66(d)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments v

Preface 1

1. A Traditional Practice 7

2. Prevalence (with James C. Skaine) 35

3. Globalism and Law 57

4. Legal and Practical Issues in the West 80

5. Tradition and Change in Practicing Cultures 94

6. Challenging the Change and the Challenge of Change 125

7. The Maasai and Female Circumcision 151

8. Meeting the Challenge in Tanzania 171

9. The Changing Status 198

10. A Compendium of Change 215

Epilogue 223

Abbreviations and Glossary 225

Appendix 1: Overview of the Practice in Traditional Countries 229

Appendix 2: Law and Outreach 237

Appendix 3: Overview of the Practice in Industrialized Countries 247

Notes 253

Bibliography 281

Index 299

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