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The Invention of Women : Making an African Sense of Western Gender Discourses - Oyeronke Oyewumi

The Invention of Women

Making an African Sense of Western Gender Discourses

Hardcover Published: 1st October 1997
ISBN: 9780816624416
Number Of Pages: 256

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The "woman question", this book asserts, is a Western one, and not a proper lens for viewing African society. A work that rethinks gender as a Western construction, The Invention of Women offers a new way of understanding both Yoruban and Western cultures.

Oyeronke Oyewumi reveals an ideology of biological determinism at the heart of Western social categories -- the idea that biology provides the rationale for organizing the social world. And yet, she writes, the concept of "woman", central to this ideology and to Western gender discourses, simply did not exist in Yorubaland, where the body was not the basis of social roles.

Oyewumi traces the misapplication of Western, body-oriented concepts of gender through the history of gender discourses in Yoruba studies. Her analysis shows the paradoxical nature of two fundamental assumptions of feminist theory: that gender is socially constructed and that the subordination of women is universal. The Invention of Women demonstrates, to the country, that gender was not constructed in old Yoruba society, and that social organization was determined by relative age.

A Note on Orthography
Visualizing the Body: Western Theories and African Subjectsp. 1
(Re)constituting the Cosmology and Sociocultural Institutions of Oyo-Yorubap. 31
Making History, Creating Gender: The Invention of Men and Kings in the Writing of Oyo Oral Traditionsp. 80
Colonizing Bodies and Minds: Gender and Colonialismp. 121
The Translation of Cultures: Engendering Yoruba Language, Orature, and World-Sensep. 157
Notesp. 181
Bibliographyp. 209
Indexp. 223
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ISBN: 9780816624416
ISBN-10: 0816624410
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 1st October 1997
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.32