Transcultural Bodies: Female Genital Cutting in Global Context

Transcultural Bodies: Female Genital Cutting in Global Context

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Transcultural Bodies: Female Genital Cutting in Global Context by Bettina K Shell-Duncan

Female "circumcision" or, more precisely, female genital cutting (FGC), remains an important cultural practice in many African countries, often serving as a coming-of-age ritual. It is also a practice that has generated international dispute and continues to be at the center of debates over women's rights, the limits of cultural pluralism, the balance of power between local cultures, international human rights, and feminist activism. In our increasingly globalized world, these practices have also begun immigrating to other nations, where transnational complexities vex debates about how to resolve the issue.

Bringing together thirteen essays, Transcultural Bodies provides an ethnographically rich exploration of FGC among African diasporas in the United Kingdom, Europe, and Australia. Contributors analyze changes in ideologies of gender and sexuality in immigrant communities, the frequent marginalization of African women's voices in debates over FGC, and controversies over legislation restricting the practice in immigrant populations.

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ISBN-13: 9780813541389
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publication date: 06/07/2007
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 432
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Ylva K. Hernlund is a research associate at the Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology and an instructor in the department of anthropology at the University of Washington. Bettina K. Shell-Duncan is an associate professor of anthropology and an adjunct professor of health services at the University of Washington.

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