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Modesty Discourses: Sub-Saharan Africa: West Africa
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Modesty practices are closely related to regionally and historically variable, discursive constructions of propriety and of men and women as embodied sexual beings. Modesty discourses impinge upon and reflect women's and men's respective agentive capacities, capacities that are often class- and age-specific. Most local understandings of modesty refer to the idea that an individual should acquire certain emotional and cognitive capacities to be able spontaneously to distinguish between “shameful”…

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Schulz, Dorothea, “Modesty Discourses: Sub-Saharan Africa: West Africa”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 23 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0118g>
First published online: 2009

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