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

Author: Oyèrónḱẹ Oyěwùmí
Publisher: Minneapolis, MN : University of Minnesota Press, 2014. ©1997
Edition/Format:   Print book : 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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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Oyèrónḱẹ Oyěwùmí
ISBN: 9780816624416 0816624410
OCLC Number: 1015486828
Description: xxiii, 229 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Ch. 1. Visualizing the Body: Western Theories and African Subjects --
Ch. 2. (Re)constituting the Cosmology and Sociocultural Institutions of Oyo-Yoruba --
Ch. 3. Making History, Creating Gender: The Invention of Men and Kings in the Writing of Oyo Oral Traditions --
Ch. 4. Colonizing Bodies and Minds: Gender and Colonialism --
Ch. 5. The Translation of Cultures: Engendering Yoruba Language, Orature, and World-Sense.
Responsibility: Oyèrónḱẹ Oyěwùmí.

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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."--Jacket.

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