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.
|Commitee:||Haase, Dwight, Jackson, Tanisha, Patterson, Rubin|
|School:||The University of Toledo|
|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|
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