Projected cultural histories of the cutting of female genitalia: A poor reflection as in a mirror

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Projected cultural histories of the cutting of female genitalia: A poor reflection as in a mirror

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dc.contributor.author Johnsdotter, Sara
dc.date.accessioned 2012-02-22T09:28:06Z
dc.date.available 2012-02-22T09:28:06Z
dc.date.issued 2012 en_US
dc.identifier.citation 91-114 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0275-7206 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2043/13464
dc.description.abstract Current public debate on “female genital mutilation” often renders the impression that it is possible to draw an unambiguous line between acceptable and condemnable practices of female genital cutting. In this paper, the cultural histories of cutting of the female genitalia are presented and discussed. Available historical accounts of female circumcision practices in Africa reflect Western, mainly European, ideas and ideologies at certain points in time. In a sense, these descriptions have more to say about “us” than “them”. Further, the historical descriptions of female circumcision in Africa are intertwined with time-bound notions and cutting practices in Western countries in different epochs. Through retrospective reflections, it is possible to see how current commonsensical standpoints, among them the hegemony of a “zero tolerance” attitude regarding cutting of the female genitalia among Africans, are a product of a recently introduced perspective, and also how this generally accepted perspective may render it more difficult to present multi-faceted ethnographic accounts of lived experiences today. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Routledge en_US
dc.subject female circumcision en_US
dc.subject female genital cutting en_US
dc.subject female genital mutilation en_US
dc.subject Africa en_US
dc.subject Europe en_US
dc.subject.classification Humanities/Social Sciences en_US
dc.title Projected cultural histories of the cutting of female genitalia: A poor reflection as in a mirror en_US
dc.type Article, peer reviewed scientific en_US
dc.contributor.department Malmö University. Faculty of Health and Society en
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02757206.2012.649270 en_US
dc.subject.srsc Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES en_US
dc.relation.ispartofpublication History and Anthropology;1
dc.relation.ispartofpublicationvolume 23 en_US
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