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Pamela S. Nadell and Kate Haulman

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780814758908

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814758908.001.0001

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Putting the Political in Economy

Putting the Political in Economy

African Women’s and Gender History, 1992–2010

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Making Women's Histories

Claire Robertson

NYU Press

This chapter examines multidisciplinary work on African women's and gender history between 1992 and 2010, calling this scholarship histoire engagée. After a brief overview of the development of African women's and gender history as well as African history's contributions to contemporary historical discourses, the chapter discusses the political economy of scholarly works on African women. It then analyzes Oyèrónké Oyěwùmí's argument, advanced in The Invention of Women: Making an African Sense of Western Gender Discourses, that all “Western” women have a preset agenda in studying “African” women that is neocolonialist and irrelevant to “African” women. It also considers issues of gender identity, sexuality, and the politicizing of women's roles by focusing on women organizing, along with the place of religion in scholarship on African women's and gender history.

Keywords:   gender history, histoire engagée, African women, political economy, Oyèrónké Oyěwùmí, gender, women's history, gender identity, religion

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