Informal Learning and Literacy among Maasai Women: Education, Emancipation and Empowerment, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Informal Learning and Literacy among Maasai Women

Education, Emancipation and Empowerment, 1st Edition

By Taeko Takayanagi


224 pages | 8 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9781138609907
pub: 2019-08-27
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Informal Learning and Literacy among Maasai Women highlights the importance and role of informal education in the emancipation and development of Maasai village women in Kenya. At present, knowledge and research on the impact of informal learning and literacy on community development is limited, and there is a gap between policy level discussions and women’s lived experiences. Using a postcolonial feminist framework, this book sets out to examine linkages between informal learning and literacy, human development and gender inequality.

Despite improvements in recent years, access to traditional education remains restricted for many women in rural communities across Kenya. Taeko’s book is the first to introduce how Maasai village women utilise informal learning and literacy for collective empowerment as well as to sustain their own well-being and that of their families. It presents the perspectives of both local women and institutions and argues that women’s learning is most effective when located within their own sociocultural and political discourses, and when their voices are listened to and heard.

This ethnographic research study is a valuable resource that will contribute to the knowledge of literacy from both theoretical and practical perspectives. It is an essential read for those studying or researching information education, development studies and gender, or education, as well as for teachers, community leaders and aid workers.

Table of Contents

Foreword - Anna Robinson-Pant

1. Introduction

2. Postcolonial Feminist Theory

3. Women’s Informal Learning and Empowerment in the Context of Development

4. Research Methodology

5. Socio-Cultural Background of the Maasai in Kenya

6. Narratives and Process Observation of Village Women

7. Interview Analysis of Women’s Group Leaders and Bureaucrats

8. Conclusion

About the Author

Taeko Takayanagi is a JSPS Research Fellow at Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan. She received her Ph.D in Education from the University of Sydney and her M.A. in Education from the University of Manchester.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Adult & Continuing Education
EDUCATION / Non-Formal Education
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Feminism & Feminist Theory
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Developing Countries