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By Dorothy L. Hodgson

When, the place, why, and by way of whom is legislation used to strength wanted social switch within the identify of justice? Why has tradition end up obvious as inherently oppressive to girls? during this finely crafted ebook, Dorothy L. Hodgson examines the background of criminal principles and associations in Tanzania – from favourite legislations to human rights – as particular sorts of justice that regularly mirror elite principles approximately gender, tradition, and social swap. Drawing on proof from Maasai groups, she explores how the legacies of colonial law-making proceed to persuade modern efforts to create legislation, codify marriage, criminalize FGM, and contest land grabs by way of nation officers. regardless of the straightforward dismissal through elites of the priorities and views of grassroots girls, she exhibits how Maasai girls have continuously had robust how you can confront and problem injustice, exhibit their priorities, and display the bounds of rights-based criminal ideals.

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