Prisoners of ritual: an odyssey into female genital circumcision in Africa

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Harrington Park Press, Oct 17, 1989 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 306 pages
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This unique volume focuses on the psychosexual and social effects of female genital mutilation, an ancient, deeply entrenched custom saturating the larger part of Africa. Over a period of six years, Author Hanny Lightfoot-Klein trekked through outlying areas of Sudan, Kenya, and Egypt, where she lived with a number of African families. What she learned by way of in-depth personal interviews and firsthand observation has enabled her to add a previously unknown and often astonishing dimension to our knowledge of ritual practices and human sexuality. This valuable book will be extremely helpful to professionals and scholars in women's studies, social psychology, psychotherapy, psychiatry, gynecology, sexology, as well as cross-cultural and African studies. It should also interest anyone who is concerned with male circumcision in the United States.

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User Review  - Rae - Goodreads

An incredible and compelling book about the social aspects of this entrenched African practice. I ordered as much material (through interlibrary loan) as I could find about this subject, soaked it up and have never forgotten it. This is the kind of gender injustice I can get angry about! Read full review

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A little dated. But really interesting nonetheless... Read full review

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