Paper $44.95 ISBN: 9781856498067 Published January 2000 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $85.95 ISBN: 9781856498050 Published January 2000 For sale in North and South America only

Daughters of the Goddess, Daughters of Imperialism

African Women, Culture, Power and Democracy

Ifi Amadiume

Daughters of the Goddess, Daughters of Imperialism

Ifi Amadiume

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320 pages | 5.4375 x 8.5
Paper $44.95 ISBN: 9781856498067 Published January 2000 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $85.95 ISBN: 9781856498050 Published January 2000 For sale in North and South America only
Using the idea of a collectivist, humanist culture of traditional African matriarchal heritage, Ifi Amadiume contrasts daughters of the Goddess to a corrupt and oppressive culture of imperialism that she argues is the heritage of contemporary elite-led women‘s organizations. She examines the activities of such organizations in Nigeria, making comparisons with those in Britain and South Africa as well as international movements; looking at the 1995 Beijing International Women‘s Conferences, she explores internationalism as an instrument of class reproduction.

The author provides a detailed account of the structures and workings of local government in Nigeria and Britain as she raises theoretical and policy issues about civic groups, civil society and the nature of the late twentieth century state. Finally, Professor Amadiume draws lessons from her own experiences working in local government to suggest measures for true gender equity and the democratisation of politics in our increasingly multicultural and multiethnic societies. This book asks some hard questions of contemporary feminist movements and provides the most detailed account available of Nigerian women‘s politics.
Contents
1. Introduction.
2. African women; present realities and which way forward?
3. A history of class transformations: contemporary women's organizations in Nigeria.
4. Class contestation in NCWS and other national women's organizations.
5. Class and gender dynamics in professional women's organizations: rhetoric and practice.
6. Gender and class in campaigns and civil discourse.
7. Class and gender in child abuse.
8. Women's healthcare and discourses on reproductive health.
9. Gender, class and voices: women and the 1986 National Political Debate.
10. Women in local government: a comparison.
11. Gendering grassroots democracy: the women's committee system.
12. Class corruption and women's mobilization: the cult of First Lady.
13. The politics of women's committees in a multicultural and multiethnic society: lessons from Britain and South Africa.
14. Conclusion.
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