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Gendering Knowledge in Africa and the African Diaspora

Contesting History and Power, 1st Edition

Edited by Toyin Falola, Olajumoke Yacob-Haliso


274 pages | 10 B/W Illus.

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Gendering Knowledge in Africa and the African Diaspora addresses the question of to what extent the history of gender in Africa is appropriately inscribed in narratives of power, patriarchy, migration, identity and women and men’s subjection, emasculation and empowerment. The book weaves together compelling narratives about women, men and gender relations in Africa and the African Diaspora from multidisciplinary perspectives, with a view to advancing original ways of understanding these subjects.

The chapters achieve three things: first, they deliberately target long-held but erroneous notions about patriarchy, power, gender, migration and masculinity in Africa and of the African Diaspora, vigorously contesting these, and debunking them; second, they unearth previously marginalized and little known his/herstories, depicting the dynamics of gender and power in places ranging from Angola to Arabia to America, and in different time periods, decidedly gendering the previously male-dominated discourse; and third, they ultimately aim to re-write the stories of women and gender relations in Africa and in the African Diaspora. As such, this work is an important read for scholars of African history, gender and the African Diaspora.

This book will be of interest to students and scholars of African Studies, Diaspora Studies, Gender and History.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Gendering Knowledge in Africa and the African DiasporaOlajumoke Yacob-Haliso and Toyin Falola

Part I: (Re-)Writing Gender in African and African Diaspora History

1. The Bantu Matrilineal Belt: Reframing African Women’s History, Rhonda M. Gonzales, Christine Said, and C. Cymone Fourshey

2. REMAPping the African Diaspora: Place, Gender, and Negotiation in Arabian Slavery, Alaine Hutson

3. Communicating Feminist Ethics in the Age of New Media in Africa, Sharon Adetutu Omotoso

Part II: Gender, Migration, and Identity

4. Transnational Feminist Solidarity, Black German Women, and the Politics of Belonging, Tiffany N. Florvil

5. Beyond Disability: Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade and Female Heroism in Manu Herbstein’s 'Ama', Senayon Olaoluwa

6. Reverse Migration of Africans in the Diaspora: Foregrounding a Woman’s Quest for her Roots in Tess Onwueme’s 'Legacies', Methuselah Samuel Jeremiah

Part III: Gender, Subjection, and Power

7. Queens in Flight: Fela Kuti’s Afrobeat Queens and the Performance of "Black" Feminist Diasporas, Dotun Ayobade

8. Women and Tfu in Wimbum Community, Cameroon, Elias K. Bongmba

9. Contesting the Notions of "Thugs and Welfare Queens": Combating Black Derision and Death, Leamon Bazil

10. Emasculation, Social Humiliation, and Psychological Castration in Irene’s 'More than Dancing', Mobolanle E. Sotunsa and Francis O. Jegede

About the Editors

Professor Toyin Falola is the Jacob and Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair in the Humanities, and a Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Texas at Austin, USA.

Dr Olajumoke Yacob-Haliso is Senior Lecturer in Political Science at Babcock University in Nigeria.

About the Series

Global Africa

This series will produce new scholarship on African experiences within the field of global history, globalization, African Diaspora, Atlantic History, etc. It is our goal to publish works that view African ideas from a global perspective and vice versa, thus placing Africa squarely within the framework of globalization, and change the perception of African people vis-a-vis the world, creating an innovative source of new works about Africa and the world.

This new series will serve several important functions. First and foremost, it will create a space for scholars and educators to find resources that aid in the understanding of Africa’s place in the world’s global and regional economic political and intellectual spheres throughout history. Second, our monographs will incorporate African experiences into broader historical theories that have hitherto marginalized Africans within the realm of global history. We aim to provide competing views of Africa’s place in various global systems can be studied in a systemic fashion without resorting to pseudo-historical themes that ultimately harm our understanding of the African past.

Most importantly, we will take up the mantle of African production of knowledge on a global scale, and emphasize how Africans, who have long been marginalized in global intellectual traditions, have shaped the very civilizations that shunned the former’s contributions. The resulting marginalization has resulted in many of the ills that African peoples face today. By redeeming the African place in the global intellectual tradition, we will also help emphasize the African political and economic past in ways that place the continent front and center in the creation of the world we all inhabit. As a result, it will form an innovative platform where scholars put forward new ideas regarding Africa’s role in world affairs that have long been overlooked and underemphasized.

For submissions and enquiries, please contact:

Toyin Falola:

Roy Doron:

Leanne Hinves:

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Africa / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies