Power Gender and Social Change in Africa

This book, through its discussion of the challenges, achievements and lessons learned in efforts to attain gender equality, sheds light on these important issues.

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Author: Muna Ndulo

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 9781443806282

Category: Social Science

Page: 359

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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.

Gender Protests and Political Change in Africa

This book brings together conceptual debates on the impact of youth-hood and gender on state building in Africa.

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Author: Awino Okech

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN: 3030463451

Category: Political Science

Page: 258

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This book brings together conceptual debates on the impact of youth-hood and gender on state building in Africa. It offers contemporary and interdisciplinary analyses on the role of protests as an alternative route for citizens to challenge the ballot box as the only legitimate means of ensuring freedom. Drawing on case studies from seven African countries, the contributors focus on specific political moments in their respective countries to offer insights into how the state/society social contract is contested through informal channels, and how political power functions to counteract citizen’s voices. These contributions offer a different way of thinking about state-building and structural change that goes beyond the system-based approaches that dominate scholarship on democratization and political structures. In effect, it provides a basis for organizers and social movements to consider how to build solidarity beyond influencing government institutions. Chapters 3, 5, and 6 are available open access under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License via link.springer.com.

Gender Social Change and Spiritual Power

Against a backdrop of debate concerning the role of Pentecostalism as a mediator of 'modernity', this book examines the interaction between charismatic Christianity, spiritual power and gendered social change in contemporary Ghana.

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Author: Jane E. Soothill

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004157897

Category: Religion

Page: 261

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Against a backdrop of debate concerning the role of Pentecostalism as a mediator of 'modernity', this book examines the interaction between charismatic Christianity, spiritual power and gendered social change in contemporary Ghana.

The Power of Women s Informal Networks

The Power of Women's Informal Networks describes and evaluates social organization among poor women in South Asia and West Africa as attempts to challenge marginalization.

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Author: Bandana Purkayastha

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 0739108042

Category: Social Science

Page: 142

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Too often, editors Bandana Purkayastha and Mangala Subramaniam have found, marginalized groups in rural or impoverished areas are overlooked by the international economy of knowledge. The Power of Women's Informal Networks describes and evaluates social organization among poor women in South Asia and West Africa as attempts to challenge marginalization. The discerning editors and contributors explicitly consider the situated contexts within which women work together to improve their lives, with a primary focus on international women's agencies.

Gender Protests and Political Change in Africa

This book brings together conceptual debates on the impact of youth-hood and gender on state building in Africa.

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Author: Awino Okech

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9783030463434

Category: Political Science

Page: 258

View: 836

This book brings together conceptual debates on the impact of youth-hood and gender on state building in Africa. It offers contemporary and interdisciplinary analyses on the role of protests as an alternative route for citizens to challenge the ballot box as the only legitimate means of ensuring freedom. Drawing on case studies from seven African countries, the contributors focus on specific political moments in their respective countries to offer insights into how the state/society social contract is contested through informal channels, and how political power functions to counteract citizen’s voices. These contributions offer a different way of thinking about state-building and structural change that goes beyond the system-based approaches that dominate scholarship on democratization and political structures. In effect, it provides a basis for organizers and social movements to consider how to build solidarity beyond influencing government institutions. Chapters 3, 5, and 6 are available open access under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License via link.springer.com.

Emergent Masculinities

Mbah examines this process to fill a major gap in our understanding of gender's role in precolonial Africa.

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Author: Ndubueze L. Mbah

Publisher: New African Histories

ISBN: 0821423894

Category: History

Page: 296

View: 581

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Insights Into Gender Equity Equality and Power Relations in Sub saharan Africa

This volume, initiated by OSSREA, seeks to examine in more depth, issues regarding the gender-power imbalance in sub-Saharan African countries, with a specific focus on the eastern and southern African regions.

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Author: Mansah Prah

Publisher: African Books Collective

ISBN: 9789970252343

Category: Social Science

Page: 380

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Since gender entered the development discourse in the Seventies, African countries have increasingly taken the concept on board in policy and practice. This concern may be due to either one or a combination of the following factors: the ideological positioning of African countries, demands by their donors and development partners, and demands by organised local groups and NGOs. Gender in the development discourse ought to transform power relations between men and women and shift them to social relations that reflect their equal access to productive resources, opportunities and social and material benefits. The result of such actions should be an achievement of comparable status of women and men. This volume, initiated by OSSREA, seeks to examine in more depth, issues regarding the gender-power imbalance in sub-Saharan African countries, with a specific focus on the eastern and southern African regions. The chapters in this book present research that examines and analyses the effectiveness and efficiency of gender mainstreaming policies, strategies and projects developed and implemented by national and international actors. The themes inter-weave with each other although they address gender issues in specific countries and specific contexts. This can be explained by the shared colonial and post-colonial heritage of African countries. It is useful, therefore, to view the structure of the book as a spiral of inter-connected issues that address similar themes, approaching them from different levels. Purely for ease of reading, the contributions have been organised into three parts, with over arching themes that at first glance may seem not to fit well together. A theme that runs through all the chapters is the persistence of patriarchal values and attitudes in Africa and its constraining effect on the achievement of gender equity and equality.

Revisiting Gender Training

The book brings together case studies at country, regional and global level to look critically behind the practice.

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Author: Maitrayee Mukhopadhyay

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015074081855

Category: Sex role

Page: 141

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Revisiting Gender Training is concerned with the thinking behind gender education and training rather than with day to day practice. It explores the explicit and implicit assumptions in gender training about the nature of knowledge (epistemology), about how knowledge is imparted (pedagogy), and about knowing (cognition). The book brings together case studies at country, regional and global level to look critically behind the practice. Jashodhara Dasgupta examines whether the primarily 'political' nature of the feminist project has been unobtrusively dismantled by the language and tools of development in India, including the use of gender training. Josephine Ahikire analyses gender training in Uganda, post-Beijing Conference, and the ways in which it has changed over time. She focuses on the point where international imperatives meet the national context, and considers the impact of gender training on the feminist intellectual and political project. Lina Abou-Habib considers gender training in the Machreq/Maghreb region in the Middle East and North Africa. She highlights the transformatory potential of such training, and the ways in which it has dealt with patriarchal mindsets and institutions. Claudy Vouhe discusses the conditions and factors that limit or strengthen the impact of gender training. This contribution is the output from an international conference on gender training in the French-speaking world in 2006. Shamim Meer explores the power of rights-based development approaches for advancing ideas and action for social change, including change to unequal gender power relations. Starting with experience in South Africa, she teases out the particular understandings of rights and agency, and reflects on a methodology for linking reflection and action through starting from the personal. Maitrayee Mukhopadhyay and Franz Wong introduce the book and establish its focus on gender training and feminist epistemology, its tone of critical reflection, and its aim of looking beneath the surface of much of the day to day 'gender' activity and considering the assumptions made about of the links that exist between knowledge, attitudes, behaviours, and practice. An extensive and up-to-date annotated bibliography of international resources (print and online) makes this a truly global sourcebook on the topic. Book jacket.

Women Power and Ethnicity

The book is an essential resource for teachers and students of communication studies, women studies, gender studies, ethnic studies, and social sciences.

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Author: Patricia S.E. Darlington

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317957034

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 268

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Powerful women aren't just men walking around in dresses! As women continue to assume positions of social leadership in increasing numbers, the dynamics of the social construction of power need to be examined. Have women adopted traditionally male patterns of behavior in an effort to gain and maintain power in business, industry, politics, academics, etc.? And if not, what kind of power are women practicing? The authors of Women, Power, and Ethnicity: Working Toward Reciprocal Empowerment endeavored to find out by conducting a research study on how women from various racial and ethnic backgrounds compare and contrast the attributes associated with existing power paradigms (traditional, empowerment, personal authority) with an alternate model of power--reciprocal empowerment. Reciprocal empowerment is a discursive and behavioral style of interaction grounded in reciprocity initiated by people who feel a sense of personal authority. Reciprocal empowerment enables people with mutual self-interests to rise above obstacles based on social and political structures and to use personal authority to discuss and act on issues openly and honestly in order to effect change. Using a qualitative methodology, Women, Power, and Ethnicity includes the results of surveys and interviews with women from seven different ethnic groups in the United States to determine if the concept or reciprocal empowerment resonates with them. The answer: Yes! Women, Power, and Ethnicity is organized by surveys and interview findings on women from seven cultural groups living in the United States (African, Asian, Caribbean, European, Latin, Middle Eastern, Native American). Each chapter includes: analyses of ethnographic findings, surveys, and interviews concise historical information effects of immigration, where applicable tables and diagrams direct quotes and much more! Women, Power, and Ethnicity examines women's attitudes toward power in several social forums--home, job, religion, politics, and society in general. The book is an essential resource for teachers and students of communication studies, women studies, gender studies, ethnic studies, and social sciences.

From Cape Town to Kabul Open Access

Rethinking Strategies for Pursuing Women's Human Rights Penelope Andrews ... the South African Constitution, in Power, Gender, and Social Change in Africa ...

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Author: Penelope Andrews

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317132455

Category: Political Science

Page: 232

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Using her experience of living under apartheid and witnessing its downfall and the subsequent creation of new governments in South Africa, the author examines and compares gender inequality in societies undergoing political and economic transformation. By applying this process of legal transformation as a paradigm, the author applies this model to Afghanistan. These two societies serve as counterpoints through which the book engages, in a nuanced and novel way, with the many broader issues that flow from the attempts in newly democratic societies to give effect to the promise of gender equality. Developing the idea of ’conditional interdependence’, the book suggests a new approach based on the communitarian values which underpin newly democratic societies and would allow women’s rights to gain momentum and reap greater benefits. Broad in its thematic approach, the book generates challenging and complex questions about the achievement of gender equality. It will be of interest to academics interested in gender and human rights, international and comparative law.

Christianity and Social Change in Contemporary Africa

This volume brings together seven empirically grounded contributions by African social scientists of different disciplinary backgrounds. The authors explore the social impact of religious innovation and competition in present day Africa.

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Author: Francis B. Nyamnjoh

Publisher: Langaa RPCID

ISBN: 9956551996

Category: Religion

Page: 246

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This volume brings together seven empirically grounded contributions by African social scientists of different disciplinary backgrounds. The authors explore the social impact of religious innovation and competition in present day Africa. They represent a selection from an interdisciplinary initiative that made 23 research grants for theologians and social scientists to study Christianity and social change in contemporary Africa. These contributions focus on a variety of dynamics in contemporary African religion (mostly Christianity), including gender, health and healing, social media, entrepreneurship, and inter-religious borrowing and accommodation. The volume seeks to enhance understanding of religion's vital presence and power in contemporary Africa. It reveals problems as well as possibilities, notably some ethical concerns and psychological maladies that arise in some of these new movements, notably neo-Pentecostal and militant fundamentalist groups. Yet the contributions do not fixate on African problems and victimization. Instead, they explore sources of African creativity, resiliency and agency. The book calls on scholars of religion and religiosity in Africa to invest new conceptual and methodological energy in understanding what it means to be actively religious in Africa today.

Men and Masculinities Global masculinities

Gender & Society , 10 , 449-463 . ... Unpublished master's thesis , University of
Cape Town , Cape Town , South Africa . ... Gender , race and power dynamics in
the face of social change : Deconstructing violence against women in South
Africa ...

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Author: Stephen M. Whitehead

Publisher:

ISBN: 0415402085

Category: Masculinity

Page: 432

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The sociology of masculinity began to assume real significance from the late 1980s onwards. Part of "Critical Concepts in Sociology" series, this five volume set brings together material in the field, and serves as a useful resource for scholars and students.

Global Perspectives on Gender and Space

This timely volume provides geographic comparisons and case studies to give empirically informed insights on processes and practices relevant to feminism and development.

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Author: Ann Oberhauser

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135125264

Category: Science

Page: 228

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Feminism has re-shaped the way we think about equality, power relations and social change. Recent feminist scholarship has provided new theoretical frameworks, methodologies and empirical analyses of how gender and feminism are situated within the development process. Global Perspectives on Gender and Space: Engaging Feminism and Development draws upon this framework to explore the effects of globalization on development in diverse geographical contexts. It explores how women’s and men’s lives are gendered in specific spaces as well as across multiple landscapes. Traveling from South Asia to sub-Saharan Africa to North America and the Caribbean, the contributions illustrate the link between gender and global development, including economic livelihoods, policy measures and environmental change. Divided into three sections, Global Perspectives on Gender and Space showcases the following issues: One) the impact of neoliberal policies on transnational migration, public services and microfinance programs; Two) feminist and participatory methodologies employed in the evaluation of land use, women’s cooperatives and liberation struggles and Three) gendered approaches to climate change, natural disasters and conservation the global South. A feminist lens is the common thread throughout these sections that weaves gender into the very fabric of everyday life, providing a common link between varied spaces around the globe by mapping gendered patterns of power and social change. This timely volume provides geographic comparisons and case studies to give empirically informed insights on processes and practices relevant to feminism and development. It illustrates ways to empower individuals and communities through transnational struggles and grassroots organizations, while emphasizing human rights and gender equity, and will be of interest to those studying Geography, Development Studies, International Relations and Gender Studies.

Workers and Warriors

As its title suggests, Workers and Warriors argues that political struggles fought out in lethal battles between men - struggles over the nature of political authority and citizenship, territorial sovereignty and cultural tradition, ...

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Author: Thembisa Waetjen

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN: 0252029089

Category: Social Science

Page: 158

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In this compact study, Thembisa Waetjen explores how gender structured the mobilization of Zulu nationalism in South Africa, where ethnic communitarian and liberal democratic conceptions of nation competed for dominance as anti-apartheid efforts gained force during the 1980s. As its title suggests, Workers and Warriors argues that political struggles fought out in lethal battles between men - struggles over the nature of political authority and citizenship, territorial sovereignty and cultural tradition, industrial relationships and street-level control - were necessarily bound up with struggles over the changing meaning of male gender identities, power, and practices in conditions of rapid social change.

Gender Antagonism and Social Change in a Patriarchal Community

Most of Africa had been partitioned among seven European powers , and over
the next few decades colonial regimes tightened their grip . 53 This period may
seem to be a mere interlude , in which Africa largely receded from the
mainstream ...

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Author: Mark Paul Diyammi

Publisher: Peter Lang Pub Incorporated

ISBN: UOM:39015079332683

Category: Social Science

Page: 497

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This study is an analysis of social anthropology and provides information on interaction and conflict in African society. Its findings are based on material obtained through personal interviews and by detailed observation of the lives of women and their husbands. The author sets out the nature, method and aims of these social and anthropological investigations. He gives details of the inequalities, conflicts, hostilities and aggression, within the gender relationship, by means of which the male community seeks to extend its influence far beyond the domestic arena. Also underlined is the role of women as mothers in the maintenance of the family unit and the acceptance of domestic responsibility. The book also analyses in-depth treatment of socio-economic change, gender values and social norms as well as Iraqw patriarchal ideology, religious thoughts and cultural values within a changing context. Consideration is also given to Iraqw rituals, marriage and domestic mores. The author shows how all these aspects can be understood through a realisation of the struggle for power existing between the heads of the households and their dependants. The reader is thus given an overall picture of the changes taking place in modern Iraqw society and the effect these changes have on male-female relationships within and without the family circle. Also discussed is the question of family and interethnic conflict management.

Readings in Gender in Africa

Many of us believe that everything in the world concerns women hurt the ... 12 ) mothers in South Africa , has contributed to promoting social change .

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Author: Andrea Cornwall

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 0253345170

Category: History

Page: 247

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This is a comprehensive overview on the existing literature on gender in Africa. It covers areas such as Western perceptions, colonial morality, religion and politics.

Women and Social Change in North Africa

women across the political spectrum played in the constitutional writing of ... 6 According to Foucault, various forms of power in a society facilitate this ...

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Author: Doris H. Gray

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781108419505

Category: History

Page:

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A wide-ranging analysis of grass-roots activism, migration, legal, political and religious changes as basis for social transformation.

The Power of Women s Organizing

Pp . 61 - 104 in Women , Culture and Development : A Study of Human
Capabilities , edited by Martha C . Nussbaum and Jonathan Glover . ... The
Power of Informal Networks : Lessons in Social Change from South Asia and
West Africa .

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Author: Mangala Subramaniam

Publisher:

ISBN: 0739113275

Category: Social Science

Page: 161

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The sociologist Mangala Subramanian researched the women's movement in India since the 1970s in the context of globalization with attention to class, caste, religious and geographic influences. The book presents case studies of different programs of empowerment and the dalit movement.

Ritual Power in Society

When the processes of social realignment are examined in this way, the phenomenon of Christianization is revealed to be an ancient rhetorical construction that privileged social transformation over continuity.

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Author: Shira L. Lander

Publisher:

ISBN: OCLC:244972128

Category:

Page: 289

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