Female Genital Mutilation: Legal, Cultural and Medical Issues

Female Genital Mutilation: Legal, Cultural and Medical Issues

by Rosemarie Skaine
     
 

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

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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
Sales rank:
1,391,463
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.77(d)

Table of Contents

1A traditional practice7
2Prevalence (with James C. Skaine)35
3Globalism and law57
4Legal and practical issues in the West80
5Tradition and change in practicing cultures94
6Challenging the change and the challenge of change125
7The Maasai and female circumcision151
8Meeting the challenge in Tanzania171
9The changing status198
10A compendium of change215
App. 1Overview of the practice in traditional countries
App. 2Law and outreach
App. 3Overview of the practice in industrialized countries

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