Gender is one of the most productive, dynamic, and vibrant areas
of Africanist research today. But what is the meaning of gender in
an African context? Why does gender usually connote women? Why has
gender taken hold in Africa when feminism hasn t? Is gender yet
another Western construct that has been applied to Africa however
ill-suited and riddled with assumptions? Africa After Gender? looks
at Africa now that gender has come into play to consider how the
continent, its people, and the term itself have changed. Leading
Africanist historians, anthropologists, literary critics, and
political scientists move past simple dichotomies, entrenched
debates, and polarizing identity politics to present an evolving
discourse of gender. They show gender as an applied rather than
theoretical tool and discuss themes such as the performance of
sexuality, lesbianism, women s political mobilization, the work of
gendered NGOs, and the role of masculinity in a gendered world. For
activists, students, and scholars, this book reveals a rich and
cross-disciplinary view of the status of gender in Africa
Contributors are Hussaina J. Abdullah, Nwando Achebe, Susan
Andrade, Eileen Boris, Catherine M. Cole, Paulla A. Ebron, Eileen
Julien, Lisa A. Lindsay, Adrienne MacIain, Takyiwaa Manuh, Stephan
F. Miescher, Helen Mugambi, Gay Seidman, Sylvia Tamale, Bridget
Teboh, Lynn M. Thomas, and Nana Wilson-Tagoe."
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