Female Circumcision and the Politics of Knowledge African Women in Imperialist Discourses
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Description: 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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Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, LLC
Publication date: 7/30/2005
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
|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|