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Gender is one of the most productive, dynamic, and vibrant areas of Africanist research today. But what is the meaning of gender in an African context? Why does gender usually connote women? Why has gender taken hold in Africa when feminism hasn't? Is gender yet another Western construct that has been applied to Africa however ill-suited and riddled with assumptions? Africa After Gender? looks at Africa now that gender has come into play to consider how the continent, its people, and the term itself have changed. Leading Africanist historians, anthropologists, literary critics, and political scientists move past simple dichotomies, entrenched debates, and polarizing identity politics to present an evolving discourse of gender. They show gender as an applied rather than theoretical tool and discuss themes such as the performance of sexuality, lesbianism, women's political mobilization, the work of gendered NGOs, and the role of masculinity in a gendered world. For activists, students, and scholars, this book reveals a rich and cross-disciplinary view of the status of gender in Africa today.

Contributors are Hussaina J. Abdullah, Nwando Achebe, Susan Andrade, Eileen Boris, Catherine M. Cole, Paulla A. Ebron, Eileen Julien, Lisa A. Lindsay, Adrienne MacIain, Takyiwaa Manuh, Stephan F. Miescher, Helen Mugambi, Gay Seidman, Sylvia Tamale, Bridget Teboh, Lynn M. Thomas, and Nana Wilson-Tagoe.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Introduction: When Was Gender?
  2. pp. 1-14
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  1. Part One: Volatile Genders and New African Women
  2. pp. 15-16
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  1. 1. Out of the Closet: Unveiling Sexuality Discourses in Uganda
  2. pp. 17-29
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  1. 2. Institutional Dilemmas: Representation versus Mobilization inthe South African Gender Commission
  2. pp. 30-47
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  1. 3. Gendered Reproduction: Placing Schoolgirl Pregnancies in African History
  2. pp. 48-62
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  1. 4. Dialoguing Women
  2. pp. 63-82
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  1. Part Two: Activism and Public Space
  2. pp. 83-84
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  1. 5. Rioting Women and Writing Women: Gender, Class, and the Public Sphere in Africa
  2. pp. 85-107
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  1. 6. Let Us Be United in Purpose: Variations on Gender Relations in the Yor
  2. pp. 108-124
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  1. 7. Doing Gender Work in Ghana
  2. pp. 125-149
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  1. 8. Women as Emergent Actors: A Survey of New Women’s Organizations in Nigeria since the 1990s
  2. pp. 150-168
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  1. Part Three: Gender Enactments, Gendered Perceptions
  2. pp. 169-170
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  1. 9. Constituting Subjects through Performative Acts
  2. pp. 171-190
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  1. 10. Gender After Africa!
  2. pp. 191-204
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  1. 11. When a Man Loves a Woman: Gender and National Identity in Wole Soyinkas’s Death and the King’s HorsemanScarlet Song
  2. pp. 205-222
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  1. 12. Representing Culture and Identity: African Women Writers and National Cultures
  2. pp. 223-238
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  1. Part Four: Masculinity, Misogyny, and Seniority
  2. pp. 239-240
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  1. 13. Working with Gender: The Emergence of the “Male Breadwinner” in Colonial Southwestern Nigeria
  2. pp. 241-252
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  1. 14. Becoming an Ⴢpanyin: Elders, Gender, and Masculinities in Ghana since the Nineteenth Century
  2. pp. 253-269
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  1. 15. “Give Her a Slap to Warm Her Up”: Post-Gender Theory and Ghana’s Popular Culture
  2. pp. 270-284
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  1. 16. The “Post-Gender” Question in African Studies
  2. pp. 285-302
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  1. The Production of Gendered Knowledge in the Digital Age
  2. pp. 303-306
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  1. Resources for Further Reading
  2. pp. 309-312
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 313-316
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 317-328
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780253112187
Related ISBN
9780253348166
MARC Record
OCLC
166229019
Pages
344
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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