Naked Agency : Genital Cursing and Biopolitics in Africa / Naminata Diabate.
- Durham : Duke University Press, 
- Theory in Forms
1 online resource (272 pages)
- Human body -- Political aspects -- Africa, Sub-Saharan.
Nudity -- Political aspects -- Africa, Sub-Saharan.
Political activists -- Africa, Sub-Saharan.
Social action -- Africa, Sub-Saharan.
Women -- Political activity -- Africa, Sub-Saharan.
- Local subjects:
- agency and violence.
- In English.
- System Details:
- Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
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- Across Africa, mature women have for decades mobilized the power of their nakedness in political protest to shame and punish male adversaries. This insurrectionary nakedness, often called genital cursing, owes its cultural potency to the religious belief that spirits residing in women's bodies can be unleashed to cause misfortune in their targets, including impotence, disease, and death. In Naked Agency, Naminata Diabate analyzes these collective female naked protests in Africa and beyond to broaden understandings of agency and vulnerability. Drawing on myriad cultural texts from social media and film to journalism and fiction, Diabate uncovers how women create spaces of resistance during socio-political duress, including such events as the 2011 protests by Ivoirian women in Côte d'Ivoire and Paris as well as women's disrobing in Soweto to prevent the destruction of their homes. Through the concept of naked agency, Diabate explores fluctuating narratives of power and victimhood to challenge simplistic accounts of African women's helplessness and to show how they exercise political power in the biopolitical era.
Introduction: Exceptional Nakedness
Scene 1. Exceptional Conditions and Darker Shades of Biopolitics
Scene 2. Dobsonville and the Question of Autonomy
Scene 3. Africanizing Nakedness as (Self-) Instrumentalization
Scene 4. In the Name of National Interest
Scene 5. Film as Instrumental and Interpretive Lens
Scene 6. Secularizing Genital Cursing and Rhetorical Backlash
Scene 7. Epistemic Ignorance and Menstrual Rags in Paris
Scene 8. (Mis)Reading Murderous Reactions
Epilogue: Defiant Disrobing Going Viral
- Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 28. Sep 2020)
- De Gruyter.
- Contained In:
- De Gruyter University Press Library.
- Publisher Number:
- 10.1515/9781478007579 doi
- Access Restriction:
- Restricted for use by site license.
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