Throwing Stones in Jest: Kasena Women’s “Proverbial” Revolt


This study is an attempt to document and critically examine what I have called the “proverbial revolt” of Kasena women from northern Ghana, a phenomenon that constitutes, and is constituted by, a subversive and resistive use of a misogynistic oral tradition by traditional women. Kasena women take advantage of a socially sanctioned medium––the joking relationship between a Kasena woman and her husband’s siblings or kin of the same generation––to subvert and contradict Kasem proverbs and the conservative, sexualized local ideology of power therein.

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