The Invention of Women: Making an African Sense of Western Gender Discourses

The Invention of Women: Making an African Sense of Western Gender Discourses

by Oyeronke Oyewumi
     
 

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The "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… See more details below

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The "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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ISBN-13:
9780816624416
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
Publication date:
10/28/1997
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
886,824
Product dimensions:
5.88(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.40(d)

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