Women, Agency, and the State in Guinea: Silent Politics, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Women, Agency, and the State in Guinea

Silent Politics, 1st Edition

By Carole Ammann


256 pages | 9 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9780367189594
pub: 2020-03-17
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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 and urban anthropology, gender studies, and Islamic studies.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Women’s Political Articulations in a Guinean City

1. Gendered Conceptions Throughout Guinean History

2. Contested Presidential Elections in 2010

3. Expectations of the New President?

4. The Guinean State Doing Gender

5. Women’s Limited Impacts on Institutional Politics

6. Everyday Politics 7. Struggling for Recognition: Interactions with Local Authorities

Conclusion: Women’s Silent Politics

About the Author

Carole Ammann is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

About the Series

Routledge Studies on Gender and Sexuality in Africa

Routledge Studies on Gender and Sexuality in Africa publishes high quality, original scholarship from new and established scholars across the world. The series brings together research from across the humanities and social sciences and offers critical, feminist, queer, trans, postcolonial, and intersectional perspectives.

Themes of the series include gender and health, LGBT movements, women’s political participation, sexual and domestic violence, pleasure, power and eroticism, same-sex intimacies, the political economy of sex, equality and media representations of gender

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Women's Studies
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies