Politics of the Womb Women, Reproduction, and the State in Kenya
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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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Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 8/20/2003
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
|List of Abbreviations|
|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|