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Women, Agency, and the State in Guinea

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Book Series: Routledge Studies on Gender and Sexuality in Africa ISBN: 9780367189594 9780429578663 9780429576553 9780429199547 9780429574443 Year: Pages: 234 DOI: 10.4324/9780429199547 Language: English
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Grant: Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) - OAPEN-CH
Subject: Anthropology --- Gender Studies --- Science (General)
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"This book examines how women in Guinea articulate themselves politically within and outside institutional politics. It documents the everyday practices that local female actors adopt to deal with the continuous economic, political, and social insecurities that emerge in times of political transformations. Carole Ammann argues that women’s political articulations in Muslim Guinea do not primarily take place within women’s associations or institutional politics such as political parties; but instead women’s silent forms of politics manifest in their daily agency, that is, when they make a living, study, marry, meet friends, raise their children, and do household chores. The book also analyses the relationship between the female population and the local authorities, and discusses when and why women’s claim making enjoys legitimacy in the eyes of other men and women, as well as representatives of ‘traditional’ authorities and the local government. Paying particular attention to intersectional perspectives, this book will be of interest to scholars of African studies, social anthropology, political anthropology, the anthropology of gender, urban anthropology, gender studies, and Islamic studies."

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