Gendered Labor, Food Security, and Taste in Twentieth-Century Mali
New African Histories
Published by: Ohio University Press
344 pages, 152.00 x 229.00 mm
- ISBN: 9780821424681
- Published: December 2021
Common narratives about development in Africa miss the critical technological work of women. Twagira's study instead positions Malian women as rural engineers whose strategic planning and labor over the course of the twentieth century assured their food security.
“Through vivid stories of individual innovation and strategies of survival, Twagira offers a new perspective on twentieth-century biopolitics in Mali. Embodied Engineering adds important critical nuance to understandings of environmental crisis, cultural value, and gendered knowledge production in West Africa.” ~Emily S. Burrill, author of States of Marriage: Gender, Justice, and Rights in Colonial Mali