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The social context of widowhood rites and women’s human rights in Cameroon
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Cultural Sciences. (Centre for Concurrences in Colonial and Postcolonial Studies)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4505-1683
Human Sciences Research Council in Pretoria, South Africa.
2016 (English)In: Cogent Social Sciences, ISSN 2331-1886, Vol. 2, no 1, 1-17 p., 1234671Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Since the United Nations Decade for Women (1975–1985) gender-based violence (GBV) has increasingly received global attention and eventuated in the earmarking of June 23rd, 2011 as the first-ever International Widow’s Day. This case study examines the social logic of superstitious beliefs and associated fears sustaining the dehumanizing practice of widowhood rites and practices (WRP) with its negative consequences on women’s well-being among the Balengou of Western Cameroon. It argues that WRP should be understood through the double process of disavowal and projection, “false consciousness” and as a “patriarchal bargain”. It argues for the strengthening of women’s rights through gender-neutral marriage, succession and inheritance legislation based on notions of equality and social justice between the sexes, the harmonization and humanization of WRP, and an intersectionalist approach to GBV and development.

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United Kingdom: Taylor & Francis Group, 2016. Vol. 2, no 1, 1-17 p., 1234671
Keyword [en]
widowhood rites, women’s health, human rights, social justice, gender-based violence, development
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Gender Studies Political Science
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Social Sciences, Gender Studies; Humanities, Cultural Sociology; Social Sciences, Political Science; Social Sciences, Peace and Development Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-61735DOI: 10.1080/23311886.2016.1234671OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-61735DiVA: diva2:1084647
Available from: 2017-03-27 Created: 2017-03-27 Last updated: 2017-03-28Bibliographically approved

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