Politics of the womb : women, reproduction, and the state in Kenya

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    • Thomas, Lynn M.

書誌事項

Politics of the womb : women, reproduction, and the state in Kenya

Lynn M. Thomas

University of California Press, c2003

  • : pbk
  • : cloth

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注記

Includes bibliographical references (p. 235-287) and index

収録内容

  • Imperial populations and "women's affairs"
  • Colonial uplift and girl-midwives
  • Mau Mau and the girls who "circumcised themselves"
  • Late colonial customs and wayward schoolgirls
  • Postcolonial nationalism and "modern" single mothers

内容説明・目次

巻冊次

: cloth ISBN 9780520224506

内容説明

In more than a metaphorical sense, the womb has proven to be an important site of political struggle in and about Africa. By examining the political significance--and complex ramifications--of reproductive controversies in twentieth-century Kenya, this book explores why and how control of female initiation, abortion, childbirth, and premarital pregnancy have been crucial to the exercise of colonial and postcolonial power. This innovative book enriches the study of gender, reproduction, sexuality, and African history by revealing how reproductive controversies challenged long-standing social hierarchies and contributed to the construction of new ones that continue to influence the fraught politics of abortion, birth control, female genital cutting, and HIV/AIDS in Africa.

目次

Acknowledgments List of Abbreviations Maps Introduction 1. Imperial Populations and "Women's Affairs" 2. Colonial Uplift and Girl-Midwives 3. Mau Mau and the Girls who "Circumcised Themselves" 4. Late Colonial Customs and Wayward Schoolgirls 5. Postcolonial Nationalism and "Modern" Single Mothers Conclusion Notes Bibliography Index
巻冊次

: pbk ISBN 9780520235403

内容説明

In more than a metaphorical sense, the womb has proven to be an important site of political struggle in and about Africa. By examining the political significance--and complex ramifications--of reproductive controversies in twentieth-century Kenya, this book explores why and how control of female initiation, abortion, childbirth, and premarital pregnancy have been crucial to the exercise of colonial and postcolonial power. This innovative book enriches the study of gender, reproduction, sexuality, and African history by revealing how reproductive controversies challenged long-standing social hierarchies and contributed to the construction of new ones that continue to influence the fraught politics of abortion, birth control, female genital cutting, and HIV/AIDS in Africa.

目次

Acknowledgments List of Abbreviations Maps Introduction 1. Imperial Populations and "Women's Affairs" 2. Colonial Uplift and Girl-Midwives 3. Mau Mau and the Girls who "Circumcised Themselves" 4. Late Colonial Customs and Wayward Schoolgirls 5. Postcolonial Nationalism and "Modern" Single Mothers Conclusion Notes Bibliography Index

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