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The female circumcision controversy : an anthropological perspective, Ellen Gruenbaum

Label
The female circumcision controversy : an anthropological perspective
Title
The female circumcision controversy
Title remainder
an anthropological perspective
Statement of responsibility
Ellen Gruenbaum
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Ellen Gruenbaum looks at the validity of Western arguments against the practice of female circumcision. In doing so, she explores both outsider and insider perspectives on female circumcision, concentrating particularly on the complex attitudes of the individuals and groups who practice it and on indigenous efforts to end it. Gruenbaum finds that the criticisms of outsiders are frequently simplistic and fail to appreciate the diversity of cultural contexts, the complex meanings, and the conflicting responses to change. Drawing on over five years of fieldwork in Sudan, where the most severe forms of genital surgery are common, Gruenbaum shows that the practices of female circumcision are deeply embedded in Sudanese cultural traditions--in religious, moral, and aesthetic values, and in ideas about class, ethnicity, and gender. Her research illuminates both the resistance to and the acceptance of change. She shows that change is occurring as the result of economic and social developments, the influences of Islamic activists, the work of Sudanese health educators, and the efforts of educated African women. That does not mean that there is no role for outsiders, Gruenbaum asserts, and she offers suggestions for those who wish to help facilitate change. By presenting specific cultural contexts and human experiences with a deep knowledge of the tremendous variation of the practice and meaning of female circumcision, Gruenbaum provides an insightful analysis of the process of changing this complex, highly debated practice
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Gruenbaum, Ellen
Dewey number
392.1
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
GN484
LC item number
.G78 2001
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
NLM call number
  • 2001 L-718
  • GN 484
NLM item number
G886f 2001
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
Female circumcision
Label
The female circumcision controversy : an anthropological perspective, Ellen Gruenbaum
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [227]-235) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
44131793
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
242 pages
Isbn
9780812217469
Isbn Type
(pbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
00041803
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)44131793
Label
The female circumcision controversy : an anthropological perspective, Ellen Gruenbaum
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [227]-235) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
44131793
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
242 pages
Isbn
9780812217469
Isbn Type
(pbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
00041803
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)44131793

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