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Politics of the Womb : Women, Reproduction, and the State in Kenya.

Author/Creator:
Thomas, Lynn.
Publication:
Berkeley : University of California Press, 2003.
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (248 pages)
Edition:
1st ed.
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Subjects:
Kenya -- Social conditions.
Form/Genre:
Electronic books.
Summary:
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.
Contents:
Intro
Title
Copyright
Contents
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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Local notes:
Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2021. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries.
Other format:
Print version: Thomas, Lynn Politics of the Womb
ISBN:
9780520936645
9780520235403
OCLC:
475928506