Women and Leadership in West Africa: Mothering the Nation and Humanizing the State (Paperback)
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Women and Leadership in West Africa: Mothering the Nation and Humanizing the State (Paperback)

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Paperback 267 Pages / Published: 06/12/2011
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This book examines women and leadership in West Africa, with a special focus on Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone-the Mano River Union countries. These countries have traditions of indigenous female leadership in executive positions in varying degrees, and all three have a tradition of organizations that form important power bases for women.

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 9781349341146
Number of pages: 267
Dimensions: 216 x 140 mm
Edition: 1st ed. 2011


MEDIA REVIEWS

'Filomina Chioma Steady's exposition of female leadership in West Africa blends indigenous and post-colonial themes to account for the emergence of a 'mothering the nation' focus of many women leaders in West Africa. This fascinating book explains how such leadership can 'humanize the state' and promote peace in nations once torn by conflict.' Alice H. Eagly, professor of Psychology, James Padilla Chair of Arts and Sciences, Faculty Fellow of Institute for Policy Research, Northwestern University

'The West African countries of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone provide the setting of this magnificent recounting of how the postcolonial state can acquire a humanizing face through the leadership efforts of women. This book unmasks the western stereotypes of endemic violence and ethnic strife in African societies and renders them as mere gendered manifestation of political power distribution.' Anastasia Karakasidou, Professor and Chair, Department of Anthropology, Wellesley College

'This work is one of a kind. There is no other presentation of oral testimonies by African women from this region of Africa on the concept of leadership.' Johnetta Richards, professor of Africana Studies, San Francisco State University

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