Female Circumcision and the Politics of Knowledge African Women in Imperialist Discourses

ISBN-10: 0897898656

ISBN-13: 9780897898652

Edition: 2005

Authors: Obioma Nnaemeka

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Heated debates about and insurgencies against female circumcision are symptoms of a disease emanating from a mindset that produced hierarchies of humans, conquered colonies, and built empires. The loss of colonies and empires does not in any way mitigate the ideological underpinnings of empire-building and the knowledge construction that subtends it. The mindset finds its articulation at points of coalescence. Female circumcision provided a point of coalescence and impetus for the articulation. Insisting that the hierarchy on which the imperialist project rests is not bipolar but multi-layered and more complex, the contributions show how imperialist discourses complicate issues of gender, race, and history. Nnaemeka gives voice to the silenced and marginalized, and creates space for them to participate in knowledge construction and theory making.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, LLC
Publication date: 7/30/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 296
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

The challenges of border-crossing : African women and transnational feminisms
Imperialism and sex in Africa
African women, colonial discourses, and imperialist interventions : female circumcision as impetus
Transcending the boundaries of power and imperialism : writing gender, constructing knowledge
Out of Africa : "our bodies ourselves?"
Women's rights, bodies, and identities : the limits of universalism and the legal debate around excision in France
"Other" bodies : western feminism, race, and representation in female circumcision discourse
Libidinal quicksand : imperial fictions, African femininity, and representation
Confronting the western gaze
The anti-female circumcision campaign deficit
Colonial discourse and ethnographic residuals : the "female circumcision" debate and the politics of knowledge
Parallax sightlines : Alice Walker's sisterhood and the key to dreams
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