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Fashioning PostfeminismSpectacular Femininity and Transnational Culture$
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Simidele Dosekun

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780252043215

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252043215.001.0001

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Contextual Crossroads

Contextual Crossroads

African Women in the World of Things

(p.25) 1 Contextual Crossroads
Fashioning Postfeminism

Simidele Dosekun

University of Illinois Press

Arguing that the spectacularly feminine Lagos woman embodies and continues a long, constitutive tradition of African “being-in-the-world,” this chapter historicises changing styles of dress and self-fashioning in Africa, and introduces the city of Lagos as an especially worldly or cosmopolitan crossroads on the continent, with well-established cultures of fashionability and sumptuary display. The chapter also includes a brief historical overview of feminism in Nigeria, to further contextualize the book’s critical approach to postfeminism.

Keywords:   Lagos, self-fashioning, cosmopolitanism, tradition, feminism

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