By Tom Obara Bosire
The Bondo mystery Society: woman Circumcision and the Sierra Leonean country offers a complete research of latest submit struggle Sierra Leone politics via ethnographic exam of key cultural associations just like the Bondo society, the legislations, media and nation actors. The ebook discusses old, scientific and socio-cultural underpinnings of the feminine Genital slicing (FGC) perform between individuals of the Bondo society in Sierra Leone by way of stating inherent and obvious tensions of a mystery society devoted to the continuation of lengthy tested gender practices on the counter-point of concerted foreign condemnation opposed to the perform. Drawing on ethnography, the learn highlights the complexity of FGC as practiced in Sierra Leone due to the truth that it's interlaced in multifarious how one can politics, cosmology, neighborhood idioms of inclusion, scientific metaphors and the sociological vernacular of people who perform it. within the Bondo society, a few ladies have entry to huge different types of powers which endear them to political actors in Sierra Leone. because of this and in a context of donor reduction conditionality tied to efforts at finishing FGC, a degree is accordingly set the place the neighborhood political elite ambivalently attend to competing pursuits from FGC adherents and eradication proponents within the excessive stakes politics of legitimatizing strength. The book's sophisticated and nuanced view of energy convenient to individuals of the Bondo society although doesn't bring about a vindication of FGC yet is an try and transcend blunt condemnation of the perform with the intention to discover the cultural and socio-political underpinnings that animate the perform.
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