Review of Marianne Bloch, Josephine A. Beoku-Betts, B. Robert Tabachnick. eds. Women and Education in Sub-Saharan Africa: Power, Opportunities, and Constraints. Boulder and London Lynne Rienner Publishers, 1998.
The book is divided into three main parts: non-formal education; formal education and politics; and economics and education. This range of topics is in itself an acknowledgement that girls and women learn useful (and non-useful) lessons in a variety of settings in contemporary Africa, and that a sophisticated analysis of women's oppression must at least survey all these areas. Education, whether formal, informal or led by the joint communications of women based in NGOs, is never seen as an automatic good by the authors. Consequently, the content of different forms of education is thoroughly explored, with assumptions about the inevitable value of education being consistently interrogated and empirical data being clearly presented to illustrate this.
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