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The invention of women : making an African sense of Western gender discourses

Author: Oyèrónkẹ́ Oyěwùmí
Publisher: Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, ©1997.
Series: JSTOR EBA.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Oyěwùmí, Oyèrónkẹ́.
Invention of women.
Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, ©1997
(DLC) 97036162
Material Type: Document, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Oyèrónkẹ́ Oyěwùmí
ISBN: 9780816685905 0816685908 9780816624416 0816624410
OCLC Number: 290518706
Description: 1 online resource (xxi, 229 pages)
Contents: Preface; Acknowledgments; A Note on Orthography; Chapter 1 Visualizing the Body: Western Theories and African Subjects; Chapter 2 (Re)constituting the Cosmology and Sociocultural Institutions of Oyo-Yorùbá; Chapter 3 Making History, Creating Gender: The Invention of Men and Kings in the Writing of Oyo Oral Traditions; Chapter 4 Colonizing Bodies and Minds: Gender and Colonialism; Chapter 5 The Translation of Cultures: Engendering Yorùbá Language, Orature, and World-Sense; Notes; Bibliography; Index.
Series Title: JSTOR EBA.
Responsibility: Oyèrónkẹ́ Oyěwùmí.

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The author traces the misapplication of Western, body-oriented concepts of gender through the history of gender discourses in Yoruba studies. THE INVENTION OF WOMEN demonstrates that biology as a  Read more...

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