African Women in the World of Things
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.
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