The Invention of Women: Making an African Sense of Western Gender Discourses

Oyeronke Oyewumi

Published by University of Minnesota Press, 1997
ISBN 10: 0816624402 / ISBN 13: 9780816624409
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Synopsis: The "woman question", this book asserts, is a Western one, and not a proper lens for viewing African society. A work that rethinks gender as a Western construction, The Invention of Women offers a new way of understanding both Yoruban and Western cultures.Oyeronke Oyewumi reveals an ideology of biological determinism at the heart of Western social categories -- the idea that biology provides the rationale for organizing the social world. And yet, she writes, the concept of "woman", central to this ideology and to Western gender discourses, simply did not exist in Yorubaland, where the body was not the basis of social roles.Oyewumi traces the misapplication of Western, body-oriented concepts of gender through the history of gender discourses in Yoruba studies. Her analysis shows the paradoxical nature of two fundamental assumptions of feminist theory: that gender is socially constructed and that the subordination of women is universal. The Invention of Women demonstrates, to the country, that gender was not constructed in old Yoruba society, and that social organization was determined by relative age.

About the Author: Oyeronke Oyewumi is Associate Professor of Sociology, SUNY Stony Brook.

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Title: The Invention of Women: Making an African ...
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Publication Date: 1997
Binding: Hardcover
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