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Title:Fearful symmetries: essays and testimonies around excision and circumcision
Editor:Zabus, ChantalISNI
Year:2008
Periodical:Matatu: Journal for African Culture and Society (ISSN 0932-9714)
Volume:37
Pages:306
Language:English
Geographic terms:Africa
world
Subjects:circumcision
female circumcision
initiation
conference papers (form)
2004
External link:https://brill.com/view/title/30210
Abstract:Often labelled 'rituals', male circumcision and female excision are also irreversible amputations of human genitalia. Scholars and activists alike have been diffident about making a case for symmetry between these two practices. This issue of 'Matatu' consists, in the main, of the proceedings of the colloquium held at the Fondation Universitaire in Brussels, Belgium, on 18 December 2004, entitled: '(A)symétries sexuelles: autour de la circoncision et de l'excision' / (Dis)symmetry embodied: around male and female 'circumcision''. It investigates the sociological, medical, legal and religious justifications for male circumcision and female excision while pointing to various symmetries and asymmetries in their discursive representation in cultural anthropology, law, medicine and literature. The volume also includes autobiographical, first-person accounts and interviews. Contributors: Sami A. Aldeeb Abu-Sahlieh, Dominique Arnaud, Jerry K. Brayton, Laurence Cox, Robert Darby, Anne-Marie Dauphin-Tinturier, Kevin Dwyer, Safaa Fathy, Koffi Kwahulé, Tobe Levin, Michael Singleton, J. Steven Svoboda, Alex Wanjala and Chantal Zabus. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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