Women: Opportunities and Challenges


Eligio Fallaci (Editor)

Series: Women’s Issues
BISAC: SOC028000

Women: Opportunities and Challenges first compares the state of women’s representation in the political leadership positions of South Africa and Cameroon after more than two decades of democracy, as well as its impact on women and society at large.

Based on actor perspectives from female Members of Parliament and the national women’s organizations in Ghana, the authors analyse insider/outsider dynamics between women inside the state and women outside the state.

Following this, the role of the media in the acceptance of Eurocentric Black hair transformations amongst Black South African women is examined. For decades, the debate has raged on the Eurocentric definition of beauty as promoted by various media channels and its possible effect on how Black women define their identity, self-worth, and acceptance into various social classes.

The short-lived nature women’s post-disaster empowerment is addressed, and the factors that enable and soon challenge that empowerment are theoretically and empirically explored.

Barriers to sexual assault intervention related to victim race as well as bystanders’ own intergroup contact experiences are studied in an effort to determine whether bystanders may be more likely to help potential victims who are perceived to be similar to themselves.

The authors theorize the influence of women’s conditioned minds and bodies on their gendered subjugation, pinpointing embodied inferiority and learned helplessness as invisible prime enablers of the perpetuation of domestic violence against women.

This compilation also explores how U.S. singer, performer and activist Janelle Monáe challenges and complicates the stereotypical myths surrounding African American girls and young women by deconstructing heterosexual normativity and gender conformity in her music, performances and music videos.

The closing study focuses on the Spanish Civil War, which displaced half a million people outside of Spain and exiled more than two hundred thousand across the world, concentrating them into refugee communities in France, Mexico, Argentina and the Soviet Union, among others.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. The State of Women’s Representation in the Politics of South Africa and Cameroon After More Than Two Decades of Democracy
(Gladys M. Ashu, Department of Social Sciences, Walter Sisulu University, Mthatha, Eastern Cape, South Africa)

Chapter 2. Gender, Politics and Transformation in Ghana: The Role of ‘Critical Actors’
(Diana Højlund Madsen, Senior Researcher, Nordic Africa Institute, Sweden and Research Fellow, University of the Free State, South Africa)

Chapter 3. Multimodal Discourse Analysis of Drum Magazine as a Leisure Reading Initiator for the Acceptance of Eurocentric Beauty Amongst Black South African Women
(Aretha Oluwakemi Asakitikpi and Alex Egodotaye Asakitikpi, Southern Business School, Johannesburg, South Africa, and others)

Chapter 4. Sustainable Empowerment Following Disaster: A Case of Marriage-Migrant Women in the 2011 Tohoku Disaster
(Shinya Uekusa and Sunhee Lee, 1School of Culture and Society, Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark)

Chapter 5. White Female Bystanders’ Responses to Risk for Incapacitated Rape: Effects of Victim Race and Intergroup Contact on Barriers to Intervention
(Jennifer Katz and Kimberly Baktis, Psychology Department, SUNY Geneseo, Geneseo, NY, US)

Chapter 6. ”Disembodiment” and Domestic Violence: An Intersection for Feminist Theory and Development Practice
(Nadeen ElAshmawy, Hertford College, the University of Oxford, Oxford, UK)

Chapter 7. Gender Based Violence in Contemporary Namibia: an Unsaid Tale of Changing Male-Female Power Relationships
(Bruno Venditto, PhD, Rachel Ndinelao Amaambo, PhD, and Christian Hamutenya Nekare, Institute for the Studies on the Mediterranean, National Research Council of Italy Naples, Italy, and others)

Chapter 8. Janelle Monáe’s Dirty Computer: An Afrofuturist Vision of Empowerment for Black Girls and Young Women
(Saskia M. Fürst, PhD, Department of English Studies, University of The Bahamas, Nassau, Bahamas)

Chapter 9. Women’s Profiles: First Generation of Spanish Civil War Republican Exiles Who Returned to Spain
(Mauricio Escobar Deras and Lidia Bocanegra Barbecho, PhD, Instituto de Migraciones, Universidad de Granada, Granada, Spain, and others)


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