By Nkiru Uwechia Nzegwu

Charts new tendencies in gender stories via a compelling research of Igbo society.

Prior to ecu colonialism, Igboland, a zone in Nigeria, was once a nonpatriarchal, nongendered society ruled via separate yet interdependent political structures for women and men. within the final 150 years, the Igbo relatives has passed through massive structural adjustments in keeping with a barrage of cultural forces. severely rereading social practices and oral and written histories of Igbo ladies and the society, Nkiru Uwechia Nzegwu demonstrates how colonial legislation, edicts, and judicial associations facilitated the production of gender inequality in Igbo society. Nzegwu exposes the not likely convergence of Western feminist and African male judges’ assumptions approximately “traditional” African values the place ladies are subordinate and oppressed. as an alternative she deals a perception of equality in keeping with ancient Igbo relatives constructions and practices that demanding situations the epistemological and ontological bases of Western feminist inquiry.

Nkiru Uwechia Nzegwu is Professor of Africana stories and Philosophy at Binghamton collage, country collage of latest York.

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