Oyèrónkẹ́ Oyěwùmí

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Oyèrónkẹ́ Oyěwùmí is a feminist scholar and associate professor of sociology at Stony Brook University.[1] She was born in Nigeria[2] and attended the University of Ibadan and the University of California at Berkeley.[3]

Her 1997 monograph, The Invention of Women: Making an African Sense of Western Gender Discourses, won the American Sociological Association's 1998 Distinguished Book Award in the Gender and Sex category. In the book, she offers a postcolonial feminist critique of Western dominance in African studies, writing for instance that "despite voluminous scholarship to the contrary, gender was not an organizing principle in Yoruba society prior to colonization by the West."[4][5]

Works[edit]

  • Oyěwùmí, Oyèrónkẹ́ (1997). The Invention of Women: Making an African Sense of Western Gender Discourses. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. ISBN 978-0-8166-2441-6. 
  • Oyěwùmí, Oyèrónkẹ́ (2003). African Women and Feminism: Reflecting on the Politics of Sisterhood. Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press. ISBN 978-0-86543-628-2. 
  • Oyěwùmí, Oyèrónkẹ́ (2010). Gender Epistemologies in Africa: Gendering Traditions, Spaces, Social Institutions, and Identities. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-0-230-62345-3. 

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Dodson, Angela P. (December 7, 2010). "Author Spotlight: Oyeronke Oyewumi". Diverse: Issues In Higher Education. 
  2. ^ "ECAS keynote speaker Oyeronke Oyewumi – controversial feminist". The Nordic Africa Institute. January 24, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Oyeronke Oyewumi". Stony Brook University. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  4. ^ Hallen, Barry (2002). A Short History of African Philosophy. Bloomington: Indiana University press. p. 95. ISBN 978-0-253-21531-4. 
  5. ^ Bakare-Yusuf, Bibi. "'Yoruba's Don't Do Gender': A Critical Review of Oyeronke Oyewumi's The Invention of Women: Making an African Sense of Western Gender Discourses" (PDF). Retrieved 13 May 2013.