Re-Inventing Africa: Matriarchy, Religion and Culture Ifi Amadiume

ISBN: 9781856495349

Published: December 1st 1997


224 pages


Re-Inventing Africa: Matriarchy, Religion and Culture  by  Ifi Amadiume

Re-Inventing Africa: Matriarchy, Religion and Culture by Ifi Amadiume
December 1st 1997 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, RTF | 224 pages | ISBN: 9781856495349 | 8.59 Mb

This extraordinary book issues a clarion call for a new understanding of Africa. The author of the best-selling Male Daughters/Female Husbands here issues a challenge to western anthropologists to recognize their own complicity in producing a version of Africa that is often little more than a reflection of their own class-based, patriarchal thought.Professor Amadiume calls instead for a new history of Africa, made and written by Africans. This is such a book.The book* explores how imperialism, violence, patriarchy and class-based social structures - originally imposed by colonialism - have become internalized to result in a contemporary Africa cursed with neo-colonial states.* uncovers the hidden matriarchal history of Africa which continues to empower women in political struggle throughout the continent* looks at the masculinization of indigenous African religions, effected largely by the imposition of Christianity and Islam* provides a guide to the main Afro-centric social theorists, writing a new social history of their continent.Dedicated to the diasporic African communities in their struggle to construct alternative, anti-racist and anti-imperialist epistemologies of self-representation and self-generated ideals, this is the beginning of a new vision of Africa, from the powerful voice of an African woman.

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