Female Genital Mutilation: An Analysis through Capability Approach and Cultural Relativism

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Female Genital Mutilation: An Analysis through Capability Approach and Cultural Relativism

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Title Female Genital Mutilation: An Analysis through Capability Approach and Cultural Relativism
Author Vera, Marissa ; O'Conner Perez, Mariscol ; El-sissi, Jasser
Date 2013
English abstract
Female Genital Mutilation is a cultural and historical practice engrained in the African Culture. This practice is part of the African Rite of Passage; where a young girl passes on from being a child into being a grown woman. According to Martha Nussbaums’s Capability Approach this practice undermines the woman and violates her rights as a human being, on the other hand Melville Herskovits’ Cultural Relativist theory encourages acceptance and respect of the various cultures and their beliefs; thus making female genital mutilation a cultural tradition that should be respected like any other tradition around the world.
Publisher Malmö högskola/Kultur och samhälle
Pages 36
Language eng (iso)
Subject FGM
female genital mutilation
Mali
Capability Approach
Cultural Relativism
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