Family Matters : Feminist Concepts in African Philosophy of Culture
Prior to European colonialism, Igboland, a region in Nigeria, was a nonpatriarchal, nongendered society governed by separate but interdependent political systems for men and women. In the last one hundred fifty years, the Igbo family has undergone vast structural changes in response to a barrage of cultural forces. Critically rereading social practices and oral and written histories of Igbo women and the society, Nkiru Uwechia Nzegwu demonstrates how colonial laws, edicts, and judicial institutions facilitated the creation of gender inequality in Igbo society. Nzegwu exposes the unlikely convergence of Western feminist and African male judges' assumptions about "traditional" African values where women are subordinate and oppressed. Instead she offers a conception of equality based on historical Igbo family structures and practices that challenges the epistemological and ontological bases of Western feminist inquiry.
- Hardback | 329 pages
- 152 x 229 x 25.4mm | 581g
- 09 Mar 2006
- State University of New York Press
- Albany, NY, United States
- Annotated edition
- Total Illustrations: 0
"Nzegwu has produced a genuinely groundbreaking text that will no doubt have a major impact on the study of Africa and our historical understanding of the social and political dynamics of the construction of 'modern' families and gender relations for generations to come."
About Nkiru Uwechia Nzegwu
Nkiru Uwechia Nzegwu is Professor of Africana Studies and Philosophy at Binghamton University, State University of New York.