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Gender and Cultural Studies in Africa and the Diaspora

What Gender is Motherhood?

Changing Yoru?ba? Ideals of Power, Procreation, and Identity in the Age of Modernity

Authors: Oyewumi, Oyeronke

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There is significant religious and linguistic evidence that Yorùbá society was not gendered in its original form. In this follow-up to The Invention of Women: Making an African Sense of Western Gender Discourses, Oy?wùmí explores the intersections of gender, history, knowledge-making, and the role of intellectuals in the process.

About the authors

Oyèrónk?? Oy?wùmí is Associate Professor of Sociology at SUNY Stony Brook, USA. She was born in Nigeria and educated at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, and the University of California at Berkeley, USA. Her monograph, The Invention of Women: Making an African Sense of Western Gender Discourses won the 1998 Distinguished Book Award of the Sex and Gender Section of the American Sociological Association, and was a finalist for the Herskovitts Prize of the African Studies Association in the same year.

Reviews

"Oy?wùmí continues to proffer formidable power-knowledge moves beyond gendered concepts of 'woman'. She tasks us with radical, matripotent comprehensions of the institutions and practices of Ifa, motherhood, marriage, and family, as charted through Yorùbá categories of knowledge. Consequently, Oy?wùmí provides considerable contribution to critical feminist and womanist scholarship" — Epifania A. Amoo-Adare, Center for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn, Germany
 
"What Gender is Motherhood? is a beginning rather than an ending, as it poses an important challenge to feminist history and theory that projects the world in hegemonic ways. Oy?wùmí's contemporary examples of the chilling effect, on scholarship, of widespread acceptance of a natural male-dominated ethos among the Yorùbá are disconcerting to say the least. Let's get this book out there and keep the discourse invigorated." - Cheryl Johnson-Odim, Provost Emerita, Professor, History, Dominican University, USA

"The central question asked in this book - 'what is the gender of motherhood?' - will set all readers thinking anew about sexuality, reproduction, and natality. Oy?wùmí's original thinking about these issues will provoke reconsiderations of many axioms of knowing about the history of genders." - Ade?le?ke? Ade?e??ko??, Humanities Distinguished Professor, The Ohio State University, USA
 
"Oy?wùmí continues to proffer formidable power-knowledge moves beyond gendered concepts of 'woman'. She tasks us with radical, matripotent comprehensions of the institutions and practices of Ifa, motherhood, marriage, and family, as charted through Yorùbá categories of knowledge. Consequently, Oy?wùmí provides considerable contribution to critical feminist and womanist scholarship" — Epifania A. Amoo-Adare, Center for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn, Germany

 

"What Gender is Motherhood? is a beginning rather than an ending, as it poses an important challenge to feminist history and theory that projects the world in hegemonic ways. Oy?wùmí's contemporary examples of the chilling effect, on scholarship, of widespread acceptance of a natural male-dominated ethos among the Yorùbá are disconcerting to say the least. Let's get this book out there and keep the discourse invigorated." - Cheryl Johnson-Odim, Provost Emerita, Professor, History, Dominican University, USA

"The central question asked in this book - 'what is the gender of motherhood?' - will set all readers thinking anew about sexuality, reproduction, and natality. Oy?wùmí's original thinking about these issues will provoke reconsiderations of many axioms of knowing about the history of genders." - Ade?le?ke? Ade?e??ko??, Humanities Distinguished Professor, The Ohio State University, USA

 

Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Introduction: Exhuming Subjugated Knowledge and Liberating Marginalized Epistemes

    Oyěwùmí, Oyèrónkẹ́

    Pages 1-8

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  • Divining Knowledge: The Man Question In Ifá

    Oyěwùmí, Oyèrónkẹ́

    Pages 9-34

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  • (Re)Casting The Yorùbá World: Ifá, Ìyá, and The Signification of Difference

    Oyěwùmí, Oyèrónkẹ́

    Pages 35-55

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  • Matripotency: Ìyá, in Philosophical Concepts and Sociopolitical Institutions

    Oyěwùmí, Oyèrónkẹ́

    Pages 57-92

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  • Writing and Gendering the Past: Akọ̀wé and the Endogenous Production of History

    Oyěwùmí, Oyèrónkẹ́

    Pages 93-115

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eBook 66,99 €
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Hardcover 83,19 €
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Softcover 83,19 €
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  • ISBN 978-1-349-58051-4
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
What Gender is Motherhood?
Book Subtitle
Changing Yoru?ba? Ideals of Power, Procreation, and Identity in the Age of Modernity
Authors
Series Title
Gender and Cultural Studies in Africa and the Diaspora
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-52125-5
DOI
10.1057/9781137521255
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-53877-2
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-58051-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 262
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