Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Female Genital Mutilation: Why Does It Continue to Be a Social and Cultural Force?
by Abubakar, Nasra, M.A., The University of Toledo, 2012, 76; 10630799
Abstract (Summary)

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.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Patterson, Rubin
Commitee: Haase, Dwight, Jackson, Tanisha, Patterson, Rubin
School: The University of Toledo
Department: Sociology
School Location: United States -- Ohio
Source: MAI 56/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Womens studies, Sociology, Gender studies
Keywords: Female circumcision, Female genital mutilation, Somali diaspora
Publication Number: 10630799
ISBN: 9780355011449
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