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This sixth volume of the CODESRIA Gender Series is a collection of discourses, perspectives, practices and policies on the role of the female gender in science and technology, particularly in the African context. Although widely advocated as the indisputable foundation for political and economic power in the modern world, science and technology remains marked by various layers and dimensions of gender inequality that work to the disadvantage of girls and women. Despite the fact that a lot of awareness has been created, and gender issues are now more readily acknowledged by various development initiatives in Africa, participation in science and technology still remains a hurdle as far as girls and women are concerned. A common theme that runs through the book is how feminine identities, ideologies of domesticity and gender stereotypes, and the inadequacy or lack of clear policies facilitate the invisibility of women in science and technology. This notwithstanding, women have never ceased devising clever and ingenious ways that would enable them to master nature, from the margins. The book provides a window onto the current state of female participation in science and technology in Africa, along with an analysis of the historical backgrounds, current educational and professional contexts, and prospects for the future. While it is evident that more research needs to be done, with more groups in different regions, this volume brings together a rich and inspiring collection of qualitative insights on gender, science and technology in Africa. The CODESRIA Gender Series acknowledges the need to challenge the masculinities underpinning the structures of repression that target women. The series aims to keep alive and nourish African social science research with insightful research and debates that challenge conventional wisdom, structures and ideologies that are narrowly informed by caricatures of gender realities. It strives to showcase the best in African gender research and provide a platform for emerging new talents to flower.

Table of Contents

  1. Front Cover
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright Page
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. pp. iv-v
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  1. List of Contributors
  2. pp. vi-vi
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  1. Acknowledgements
  2. pp. vii-vii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-8
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  1. Part I - Science and Technology in Society: Discourse, Perspectives, Practices and Policy
  2. pp. 9-10
  1. Chapter One - Discourse and Practice of Science: Implication for Women in Africa
  2. pp. 11-20
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  1. Chapter Two - National Policy on Science and Technology: An Integral Component of Development Strategy for African Countries
  2. pp. 21-29
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  1. Chapter Three - Binary Synthesis, Epistemic Naturalism and Subjectivities: Perspectives for Understanding Gender, Science and Technology in Africa
  2. pp. 30-46
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  1. Part II - Science and Technology in Education
  2. pp. 47-48
  1. Chapter Four - Educational Policies and the Under-Representation of Women in Scientific and Technical Disciplines in Niger
  2. pp. 49-65
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  1. Chapter Five - Girls Opting for Science Streams in Benin: Self-Renunciation or Discrimination in the Educational System?
  2. pp. 66-79
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  1. Chapter Six - Towards Gender Sensitive Counseling in Science and Technology
  2. pp. 80-87
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  1. Chapter Seven - Early Scientists Were Men; So Are Today’s: Perceptions of Science and Technology Among Secondary School Students in Kenya
  2. pp. 88-96
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  1. Chapter Eight - Looking Beyond Access: A Case Study of Girls’ Science and Technology Education in Murang’a District, Kenya
  2. pp. 97-113
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  1. Chapter Nine - Gendered Views on Science and Technology Notions in Performing Arts: Characterisation and Casting in Kenya Schools Drama Festival Items
  2. pp. 114-127
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  1. Chapter Ten - Repositioning Computer Studies: Cultural Context and Gendered Subject Choices in Kenya
  2. pp. 128-144
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  1. Part III - Science and Technology: The Case of One Woman, Many Women
  2. pp. 145-146
  1. Chapter Eleven - Busy Career and Intimate Life: A Biography of Nahid Toubia, First Woman Surgeon in Sudan
  2. pp. 147-155
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  1. Chapter Twelve - Assessing the Impact of Coffee Production on Abagusii Women of Western Kenya: A Historical Analysis (1900–1963)
  2. pp. 156-167
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  1. Chapter Thirteen - Gender-Based Associations and Female Farmers Participation in Science and Technology Projects in Anambra State of Nigeria
  2. pp. 168-177
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  1. Back Cover
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Additional Information

ISBN
9782869784000
Related ISBN
9782869782211
MARC Record
OCLC
775460307
Pages
184
Launched on MUSE
2013-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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