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Author Hodgson, Dorothy Louise, author.

Title Gender, justice, and the problem of culture : from customary law to human rights in Tanzania / Dorothy L. Hodgson
Published Bloomington, Indiana : Indiana University Press, [2017]
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Description 1 online resource (xii, 187 pages)
Contents Introduction: Gender, justice, and the problem of culture -- Creating "law" : colonial rule, native courts, and the codification of customary law -- Debating marriage : national law and the culture of postcolonial rule -- Criminalizing culture : human rights, NGOs, and the politics of anti-FGM campaigns -- Demanding justice : collective action, moral authority, and female forms of power -- Conclusion: gender justice, collective action, and the limits of legal interventions
Summary "When, where, why, and by whom is law used to force desired social change in the name of justice? Why has culture come to be seen as inherently oppressive to women? In this finely crafted book, [the author] examines the history of legal ideas and institutions in Tanzania - from customary law to human rights - as specific forms of justice that often reflect elite ideas about gender, culture, and social change. Drawing on evidence from Maasai communities, she explores how the legacies of colonial law-making continue to influence contemporary efforts to create laws, codify marriage, criminalize FGM, and contest land grabs by state officials. Despite the easy dismissal by elites of the priorities and perspectives of grassroots women, she shows how Maasai women have always had powerful ways to confront and challenge injustice, express their priorities, and reveal the limits of rights-based legal ideals."-- Back cover
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 165-177) and index
Notes Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on July 07, 2020)
Subject Customary law -- Social aspects -- Tanzania
Women's rights -- Tanzania
Women, Maasai -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- Tanzania
Maasai (African people) -- Tanzania -- Social conditions
Women, Maasai -- Tanzania -- Social conditions
Non-governmental organizations -- Political aspects
LAW -- Constitutional.
LAW -- Public.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Gender Studies.
Maasai (African people) -- Social conditions.
Women, Maasai -- Social conditions.
Women's rights.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2016039937
ISBN 9780253025470