Prisoners of Ritual: An Odyssey Into Female Genital Circumcision in Africa

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Hanny Lightfoot-Klein
Harrington Park Press, 1989 - Social Science - 306 pages
2 Reviews
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  - Rachel - Goodreads

It was thorough and kept me captive. Each section was pretty easy to move through and truly enlightening to the real issues that keep female circumcision from being something that's already been eradicated. Just, wow. Read full review

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User Review  - Meg - Goodreads

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

Contents

Procedure and Rationale
15
pFemale Circumcision in African Countries in General
27
5yVoices of Reason
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