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Title:Female Genital Mutilation Why Does It Continue to Be a Social and Cultural Force?
Author:Abubakar, Nasra
City of publisher:Toledo, Ohio
Publisher:University of Toledo
Geographic term:Somalia
Subjects:female circumcision
theses (form)
External link:http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=toledo1353112338
Abstract:This thesis explores factors contributing to the persistence of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) among Somalis in the Diaspora and in Somalia. Starting with an extensive review of the literature, I identify possible critical factors that sustain FGM. I proceeded to test those factors from the literature against observations from members of the second largest Somali diaspora community in the United States, namely, Columbus, Ohio. Specifically, I organized three focus groups for discussion and analysis, two comprising women and one comprising males. Among the women's groups, one group comprised younger women and the other older women. As for the men's group, they were of a broad range in age. A major finding from the study is that Somali diasporans who believe that FGM is derived from Islamic doctrine are more inclined to advocate for its continuation whereas those diasporans who do not associate FGM with Islam are more likely to advocate for the eradication of FGM.