In Search of Gender Justice
Rights and Relationships in Matrilineal Malawi
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- Author: Jessica Johnson, University of Birmingham
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What might gender justice look like in matrilineal Malawi? Ideas about gender and human rights have exerted considerable influence over African policy makers and civil society organisations in recent years, and Malawi is no exception. There, concerted efforts at civic education have made the concepts of human and women's rights widely accessible to the rural poor, albeit in modified form. In this book, Jessica Johnson listens to the voices of ordinary Malawian citizens as they strive to resolve disputes and achieve successful gender and marital relations. Through nuanced ethnographic description of aspirations for gender and marital relationships; extended analysis of dispute resolution processes; and an examination of the ways in which the approaches of chiefs, police officers and magistrates intersect, this study puts relationships between law, custom, rights, and justice under the spotlight.Read more
- Uses real-life case studies from ordinary citizens in Malawi
- Focuses on a matrilineal area, to examine the effects of matriliny on women's lives
- Emphasises gender justice as an alternative to human or women's rights
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- Date Published: October 2018
- format: Adobe eBook Reader
- isbn: 9781108678735
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Table of Contents
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Glossary of Chichewa
1. Love, marriage and matriliny
2. Marital disputes and the legal search for justice
3. Navigating Ufulu
4. Gender justice?
5. Handling violence
6. Justice in motion
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