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Titill: 
  • Hvar á að draga línuna? Mannfræðileg og femínísk viðhorf til umskurðar kvenna
Námsstig: 
  • Bakkalár
Útdráttur: 
  • Útdráttur er á ensku

    Female circumcision (FC) or its more serious name Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is a complex and heated subject within and outside of academia. It is an issue that anthropology has had to deal with rather hesitantly because of its presence in the field. As with so many other topics, anthropologists do not agree on how to tackle this particular subject which has caused heated debates. Some call for a cultural relativist view when adressing FC while others view it as a gross human rights violation. This thesis will shed light on some of the discussions within anthropology on FC and draw on the discipline’s complex relationship with universal human rights. Feminist anthropology and its history will also be discussed because of its interest in the topic FC. Examples will be taken from the anthropological field in Africa and relevant theories that have been applied to the topic will be discussed and brought to light. A main question of whether and where anthropologists have drawn a moral line at FC will be answered. The conclusion of this essay is that anthropologists have not drawn the line morally at female circumcision even though they personally do not agree with the practice. That is most likely because of the deep embedment of cultural relativism in the discipline and also because of a complex history between anthropology and human rights.

Samþykkt: 
  • 10.1.2018
URI: 
  • http://hdl.handle.net/1946/29395


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