In Search of Gender Justice: Rights and Relationships in Matrilineal Malawi

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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.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages216
ISBN (Electronic)9781108563031, 9781108678735
ISBN (Print)9781108473705, 9781108462471
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2018

Publication series

Name The International African Library
PublisherCambridge University Press


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