Negotiating Patriarchy and Gender in Africa: Discourses, Practices, and Policies examines the entrenchment of patriarchy in Africa and its attendant socioeconomic and political consequences on gender relations. The contributors analyze the historical and modern ways in which gender expectations have enabled women in African societies to be systematically abused and marginalized, from unpaid labor to poor representation in decision-making areas. Exploring regions such as rural Uganda, the suburbs of Zimbabwe, the Gold Coast, South Africa, and Nigeria, contributors incorporate a wide range of academic theories and disciplines to establish the need for improved policy implementation on gender issues at both the local and national government levels in Africa.
Egodi Uchendu is professor of history at the University of Nigeria.
Ngozi Edeagu is a PhD candidate in African history at the Bayreuth International School of Graduate Studies (BIGSAS), Universität Bayreuth, Germany and is lecturer at Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu-Alike in Nigeria.
Egodi Uchendu and Ngozi Edeagu
Part I Gender Discourse and Domination
Chapter 1: “Black Peril, White Peril?” Challenging Racialized Gender Hierarchies in Early 20th Century South Africa
Chapter 2: Isoken: An Exploration of Differential Enjoyment of Rights and Dignity
Chapter 3: Challenging Patriarchy: East African Women’s Knowledge Systems
Catherine Cymone Fourshey and Marla L. Jaksch
Chapter 4: “l Paid Lobola!” The Interface between Bride Price and Domestic Violence: A Case Study of Epworth, 2007-2017
Tasara Muguti and Nyasha Mlambo
Chapter 5: The Interconnection between Youth Gangs, Toxic Masculinity, and Gender-Based Violence in South Africa
G. Nokukhanya Ndhlovu and Pius T. Tanga
Chapter 6: Structuration Theory and Patriarchy System in Africa: The Silent and the Salient in a Lifeless Structure
Samuel O. Okafor
Part II Women, Work and Exploitation
Chapter 7: Patriarchy and Cultural Values in 19th and 20th Century Ghana
Valerie Delali Adjoh-Davoh
Chapter 8: Patriarchy, Inequality, and Housework: An Assessment of Sefi Atta’s Everything Good Will Come
Chapter 9: Women as Composers in Nollywood: Evidence of Absence or Absence of Evidence?
Emaeyak Peter Slyvanus
Chapter 10: An Analysis of Gender Roles around Water and Sanitation in Rural Uganda
Part III Women in Power and Male Dominance
Chapter 11: Patriarchy, Gender, and Deliberative Democracy: How Does it Play Out in the Ugandan Parliament?
Muzee Hannah and Joyce Bayande M. Endeley
Chapter 12: New Dimensions to Discrimination against Party Women and Women in Power
Victor Chidubem Iwuoha
Chapter 13: Silence and Power in Yejide Kilanko’s Daughters Who Walk This Path
Chapter 14: Becoming Man, Becoming Kola Nut: Rite of Passage in Abani’s GraceLand
Part IV Policy Implementation
Chapter 15: Transitional Justice, Sexual Violence, and Women’s Status in Africa
Elsabé Boshoff and Louise du Toit
Chapter 16: UN Women and the Pitfalls of Gender Equality and Representation in Nigeria
Chapter 17: Rendered as Political Pawns: Chibok Girls, Ebola, and the Exercise of Political Will
April Petillo and Jane Eggers
Chapter 18: “To be Introduced by my Daughter is a Blessing”: Building Rapport between Dads and Daughters to Reduce Early Marriage in Migori County, Kenya
Paula Tavrow, Sixtus Kennedy Otieno and Elias Muindi
Chapter 19: Gender Imbalance and Girl Child Education in Niger State, North-Central Nigeria
Olawale Isaac Yemisi
This text is a major contribution to women’s studies in Africa and elsewhere. Scholars from Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon, Kenya, South Africa, Zimbabwe, and the US are among the authors that Uchendu and Edeagu have brought together in this illuminating, scholarly, multidimensional, and multidisciplinary work. Over four sections—"Gender Discourse and Domination"; "Women, Work, and Exploitation"; "Women in Power and Male Dominance"; and "Policy Implementation"—the contributing authors examine patriarchal structures of dominance and systemic hindrances to full equality. They find that institutionalized patriarchy has been the norm in various spheres, including everyday speech, and has been reflected in film, literature, and politics…. Projects such as the Kenyan Dads and Daughters and mechanisms such as the Maputo Protocol are among the harbingers of hope discussed in the collection. Highly recommended. General readers through faculty; professionals.
An important contribution to the study of gender in Africa that bridges historical, literary, film studies, and social science approaches as well as policy implementation. Readers are able to explore the core themes of patriarchy and inequality through multiple case studies from across the continent not only to understand the past and present, but also to have an impact on the future.
Negotiating Patriarchy and Gender in Africa: Discourses, Practices, and Policies provides new and refreshing perspectives on contemporary thematic preoccupations in gender narratives. I unreservedly recommend it to scholars and students alike.