Female Genital Cutting in Industrialized Countries: Mutilation or Cultural Tradition?

Female Genital Cutting in Industrialized Countries: Mutilation or Cultural Tradition?

by Mary Nyangweso


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This book comprehensively examines the practice of female genital mutilation and proposes new intervention programs and community-based initiatives that protect the rights of children and women who live with the serious risks and long-term consequences of the practice.

• Provides complete coverage of the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM), the origin of the practice, the countries of prevalence, and the current rise of the practice in industrialized countries

• Addresses a controversial issue that encompasses various scholarly disciplines such as religious studies, gender studies, anthropology, sociology, history, philosophy, international studies, and medicine, among others

• Explains why FGM needs to be a subject that professional medical doctors are educated on in order to provide special health care services to help serve the individuals within this significant community

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440833465
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/20/2014
Pages: 251
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Mary Nyangweso, PhD, is associate professor of religion and Peel Distinguished Chair of Religious Studies at East Carolina University, Greenville, NC.

What People are Saying About This

Susan C. Pearce

"With impressive breadth and depth, Mary Nyangweso has assembled a range of complex sociological, religious, political, legal, and medical perspectives that bear on this practice as it is lived within diaspora communities. Enhancing this overview are cutting-edge examples of individuals and communities that are making concrete progress to end or limit the adverse effects of this practice on girls' and women's health. Her recommendations provide food for thought for those who hope to drive through the polarities of an intensely divisive debate, while simultaneously acknowledging both the integrity of cultures and responsibilities to respect human rights."

Traci C. West

"The issues that this book skillfully analyzes could not be more pressing or culturally and politically sensitive. They inhabit the complicated intersection of concern for immigrant rights, the health and safety of young girls, religious freedom, and women's sexual autonomy. Nyangweso offers a persuasive and unflinchingly vivid argument for breaking the silence about female genital cutting in the United States and the need for more effective strategies to decrease it."

Jacob K. Olupona

"Mary Nyangweso beams a searchlight on the female genital cutting practice in the industrialized societies of the west with significant results of how the practice is affecting their immigrant communities. The book provides robust debates on how this tenacious cultural practice challenges religious, ethical, civic, and human rights conditions in the immigrants' host countries. It portrays how local practices and global ethical demands clash. The solutions Nyangweso suggests will be useful for formulating social policies and necessary intervention for resolving this crisis in the modern West."

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