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Title:Western education's impact on Northern Igbo gender roles in Nsukka, Nigeria
Author:Abidogun, JamaineISNI
Year:2007
Periodical:Africa Today
Volume:54
Issue:1
Pages:29-51
Language:English
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:gender roles
Igbo
secondary education
social change
External link:http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/africa_today/v054/54.1abidogun.pdf
Abstract:This article analyses gender perspectives at two secondary schools in Nsukka, Nigeria. It analyses gender-role changes or perceptions of change based on students' reported interactions in formal education settings. It summarizes gender issues under students' perceptions of gender roles, norms, and practices in relation to themselves, their peer group, and their perceptions of generational change compared with those of their parents and grandparents. These perceptions demonstrate a pattern of gender roles shaped by Western Judeo-Christian doctrine within the formal education curriculum, minimal inclusion of local history or cultural content, and loss of indigenous knowledge and practices. Gender-role change is one aspect of a general Westernizing effect of formal models of Western education on indigenous cultures. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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