Hybridity in Action: Translating Culture and Power Through the Human Rights Discourse

Date: Oct, 2011
ODID Working Paper No. 189
Author(s): Maire Ni Mhordha (University of St Andrews)

The subject of this research is an American non-governmental organisation well-known internationally for its reported success in promoting the abandonment of female genital cutting, a practice widespread in West Africa. Through an ethnographic lens, the paper examines the people who comprise the institutional framework of this NGO's programme, which is based on international human rights values, and discusses ideology, self-representation and practice among the diverse 'community' that makes up this organisation.

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