Politics of the Womb Women, Reproduction, and the State in Kenya

ISBN-10: 0520235401

ISBN-13: 9780520235403

Edition: 2003

Authors: Lynn M. Thomas
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Description: In more than a metaphorical sense, the womb has proven to be an important site of political struggle in and about Africa. By examining the political significance--and complex ramifications--of reproductive controversies in twentieth-century Kenya, this book explores why and how control of female initiation, abortion, childbirth, and premarital pregnancy have been crucial to the exercise of colonial and postcolonial power. This innovative book enriches the study of gender, reproduction, sexuality, and African history by revealing how reproductive controversies challenged long-standing social hierarchies and contributed to the construction of new ones that continue to influence the fraught politics of abortion, birth control, female genital cutting, and HIV/AIDS in Africa.

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Book details

List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 8/20/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 326
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations
Maps
Introduction
Imperial Populations and "Women's Affairs"
Colonial Uplift and Girl-Midwives
Mau Mau and the Girls Who "Circumcised Themselves"
Late Colonial Customs and Wayward Schoolgirls
Postcolonial Nationalism and "Modern" Single Mothers
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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