Sunday, February 19, 2012

Read On! Women leaders/West Africa

(Read On! ... occasional posts on writing worth reading)

Women and Leadership in West Africa: Mothering the Nation and Humanizing the State (2011) is the intriguing title of a new book to which IntLawGrrl Hope Lewis has alerted us (thanks!).
The author is Filomina Chioma Steady (right), Professor of Africana Studies, Gender Studies, and Environmental Studies at Wellesley College in Massachusetts. (photo credit)
As described by one of Cheady's colleagues, Wellesley Anthropology Professor Anastasia Karakasidou:
'The West African countries of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone provide the setting of this magnificent recounting of how the postcolonial state can acquire a humanizing face through the leadership efforts of women. This book unmasks the western stereotypes of endemic violence and ethnic strife in African societies and renders them as mere gendered manifestation of political power distribution.'
Read on!

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