Infibulation is the most extreme form of female circumci- sion. It plays an important role in the Islamic societies of northeastern Africa. Until now, the social significance and function of this practice has been poorly understood. In this volume, Hicks analyzes female circumcision as a cultural trait embedded in a historically traditional milieu and shows why it cannot be treated in isolation as a single issue destined for elimination.
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Esther K. Hicks was senior researcher with the faculty of management and organization at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands.Review:
“Painstaking research and documentation support the conclusions of this unusual work. . . . This work presents an interesting challenge to feminist assumptions and to Western conceptions of human rights.”
—Caroline Hooper-Box, Foreign Affairs
“[The] influx to the West of immigrants from the Horn of Africa and adjacent areas has activated the issue of female infibulation in Western discourse. Voices from the media, health sector and the general public have called for information, explanation and action. The present book which basically concerns the existence and distribution of female infibulation takes up this challenge.”
—Aud Talle, The Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute
“Hick’s thesis is a powerful one. . . . An informative and analytical discussion about infibulation, past, present and future.”
—Louise Hulton, Population Studies
“A useful introduction to the topic because it contains much background information, is dispassionate in tone, and entirely avoids the sensationalism that often accompanies discussions of the topic.”
—Nancy E. Gallagher, Middle East Studies Association Bulletin
“Hicks reaches conclusions of considerable significance for would-be social engineers.”
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Book Description Routledge, 1993. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M1560000775