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In Search of Gender Justice
Rights and Relationships in Matrilineal Malawi

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Part of The International African Library

  • Date Published: November 2020
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108462471

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  • What might gender justice look like in matrilineal Malawi? Ideas about gender and human rights have exerted considerable influence over African policy makers and civil society organisations in recent years, and Malawi is no exception. There, concerted efforts at civic education have made the concepts of human and women's rights widely accessible to the rural poor, albeit in modified form. In this book, Jessica Johnson listens to the voices of ordinary Malawian citizens as they strive to resolve disputes and achieve successful gender and marital relations. Through nuanced ethnographic description of aspirations for gender and marital relationships; extended analysis of dispute resolution processes; and an examination of the ways in which the approaches of chiefs, police officers and magistrates intersect, this study puts relationships between law, custom, rights, and justice under the spotlight.

    • Uses real-life case studies from ordinary citizens in Malawi
    • Focuses on a matrilineal area, to examine the effects of matriliny on women's lives
    • Emphasises gender justice as an alternative to human or women's rights
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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2020
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108462471
    • length: 216 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 11 mm
    • weight: 0.33kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Images, tables and maps
    Glossary of Chichewa
    1. Love, marriage and matriliny
    2. Marital disputes and the legal search for justice
    3. Navigating Ufulu
    4. Gender justice?
    5. Handling violence
    6. Justice in motion

  • Author

    Jessica Johnson, University of Birmingham
    Jessica Johnson is a Lecturer in the Department of African Studies and Anthropology at the University of Birmingham. Her research has been published in the journals Africa, the Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute and Review of African Political Economy and she is co-editor of Pursuing Justice in Africa: Competing Imaginaries and Contested Practices with George Karekwaivanane (forthcoming). She held the Phyllis and Eileen Gibbs Travelling Research Fellowship in 2014–15 and is an editor of the Journal of Southern African Studies.

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