Power, Gender and Social Change in Africa
Gender plays a hugely significant and too often under-considered role in predicting how accessible resources such as education, wage-based employment, physical and mental health care, adequate nutrition and housing will be to an individual or community.
According to a 2001 World Bank report titled Engendering Development—Through Gender Equality in Rights, Resources, and Voice, enormous disparities exist between men and women in terms of basic rights and the power to determine the future, both in Africa and around the globe. A better understanding of the links between gender, public policy and development outcomes would allow for more effective policy formulation and implementation at many levels. This book, through its discussion of the challenges, achievements and lessons learned in efforts to attain gender equality, sheds light on these important issues.
The book contains chapters from an interdisciplinary group of scholars, including sociologists, economists, political scientists, scholars of law, anthropologists, historians and others. The work includes analysis of strategic gender initiatives, case studies, research, and policies as well as conceptual and theoretical pieces.
With its format of ideas, resources and recorded experiences as well as theoretical models and best practices, the book is an important contribution to academic and political discourse on the intricate links between gender, power, and social change in Africa and around the world.
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But such a strategy misses the emotive traction of the particular constructs of “
mothers” right now in many African societies—strong constructions of women as
mothers, as well as wives and grandmothers and mothers-in-law, and, in many ...
Feminists often warn against the potential dangers in appeals to motherhood and
the historical manipulation of motherhood in nationalism—the mothers of the
nation whose duty is to produce children, especially soldiers for the nation's
The court effectively ruled that in this context, “mothers” should have equal status
with “fathers,” a clear equal rights-based destabilization of both Tswana
patriarchal kinship values and of British common law patriarchal values.7 ...
This author contends that Emang Basadi is also constituting “women” citizens as
“mothers”—powerful mothers with ... them as powerful mothers, but also involves
the problems identified by Manicom—the privileging of gender over other social ...
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