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A (Wo)man for all seasons: Amos Tutuola and the Gendering of Peace in Africa
The Nordic Africa Institute. Centre of African Studies at the University of Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4154-7515
2019 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This book explores the work of Nigerian author Amos Tutuola and how it can enhance our understanding of gender and peacebuilding in Africa. Critical feminist contributions on how a gender perspective can broaden inclusion in post-conflict processes, as well as change institutions and mindsets are surely innovative but have not succeeded in dislodging liberal peace as the means of dealing with conflict on the African continent. Such works also draw their critiques from largely rationalist, Western roots. Entering Tutuola’s world, where human and non-human characters change and interchange, allows scholars and practitioners to see peacebuilding as organic, reliant on multiple identities and interlocutors, and grounded in local knowledge. I contend that such an expanded lens that integrates exogenous and endogenous knowledge systems non-hierarchically is not only relevant to the peacebuilding context, but could also find application in other areas in need of decolonisation.

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Uppsala: Nordiska Afrikainstitutet; Uppsala universitet , 2019. , p. 56
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Claude Ake Memorial Papers, ISSN 1654-7489 ; 11
Keywords [en]
Amos Tutuola, Literature, Feminism, Women, Peacebuilding, Gender analysis, Folklore, Criticism
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Languages and Literature Gender Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:nai:diva-2295ISBN: 978-91-7106-839-2 (print)ISBN: 978-91-7106-840-8 (electronic)ISBN: 978-91-7106-841-5 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:nai-2295DiVA, id: diva2:1290135
Available from: 2019-02-19 Created: 2019-02-19 Last updated: 2019-04-09Bibliographically approved

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