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Dorothy L. Hodgson
Rutgers University (New Brunswick, NJ 08901-8559)

Fellowships for University Teachers
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$50,400 (approved)
$50,400 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2013 – 6/30/2014

Maasai Struggles for Gender Justice in Tanzania

My book compares the content, form, effectiveness and experience of customary law, "women’s human rights," collective protest, and other approaches to challenging injustices through a case study of Maasai pastoralists in Tanzania. It draws on historical and ethnographic evidence to analyze the gendered assumptions, experiences, and consequences of the implementation of shifting legal regimes for not just relations between and among Maasai men and women, but for broader Maasai ideas and practices of justice, respect and morality. Tracing the continuities and changes in ideas, practices and experiences of gender, justice, morality, and personhood over time complicates abstract debates about law, justice and culture; illuminates the parallels between colonial and contemporary legal interventions; demonstrates the importance of more expansive understandings of gender justice: and challenges the continued disparagement of the practices, perspectives and power of illiterate, rural women.