The Palgrave Handbook of African Women's Studies: New Publication

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African History / Studies, Black History / Studies, Women's & Gender History / Studies, Social Sciences, Humanities

The Palgrave Handbook of African Women’s Studies

Edited By

Olajumoke Yacob-Haliso & Toyin Falola

Just published in print and e-book, and simultaneously published online, is the ground-breaking Palgrave Handbook of African Women’s Studies. Comprehensive, multidisciplinary, and covering the field like never before, the 3-volume, 2556-page Handbook includes 132 chapters, 9 thematic sections, 7 section editors, and 143 contributors drawn from three continents. It straddles expansive themes on African women such as knowledge production, history, politics, development, violence, conflict, women’s movements, religion, society, the arts, media, and culture.


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This definitive Palgrave Handbook of African Women’s Studies is one of the few reference books of its kind, bringing together knowledge, scholarship, analyses, and debates on African women’s themes and issues. It unearths, critiques, reviews, analyses, theorizes, synthesizes, and evaluates African women’s historical, social, political, economic, local, and global lives and experiences. The chapters in this volume question the gendered roles and positions of African women and the structures, institutions and processes of policy, politics, and knowledge production that continually construct and reconstruct African women and the study of them. Thus, the Handbook enlarges the scope of the field, challenges its orthodoxies, and engenders new subjects and approaches.