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Male Daughters, Female Husbands - Gender and Sex in an African Society

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In 1987, more than a decade before the dawn of queer theory, Ifi Amadiume wrote Male Daughters, Female Husbands, to critical acclaim.This compelling and highly original book frees the subject position of ''husband'' from its affiliation with men, and goes on to do the same for other masculine attributes, dislocating sex, gender and sexual orientation. Boldly arguing that the notion of gender, as constructed in Western feminist discourse, did not exist in Africa before the colonial imposition of a dichotomous understanding of sexual difference, Male Daughters, Female Husbands examines the structures in African society that enabled people to achieve power, showing that roles were not rigidly masculinized nor feminized.At a time when gender and queer theory are viewed by some as being stuck in an identity-politics rut, this outstanding study not only warns against the danger of projecting a very specific, Western notion of difference onto other cultures, but calls us to question the very concept of gender itself.>

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Authors Ifi Amadiume, Ifi (Dartmouth College Amadiume, Professor Ifi Amadiume
Assisted by Pnina Werbner (Editor), Richard Werbner (Editor)
Publisher Zed Books
Languages English
Product format Paperback / Softback
Released 12.03.2015
EAN 9781783603329
ISBN 978-1-78360-332-9
No. of pages 248
Dimensions 139 mm x 215 mm x 20 mm
Series Critique Influence Change
Critique Influence Change
Subjects Education and learning > Teaching preparation > Vocational needs
Social sciences, law, business > Sociology > Sociological theories

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