Women, Gender, and “Specifically Historical” Research on Ghana

A Retrospective

Kate Skinner


This essay identifies some divergences in understandings and applications of the terms “women” and “gender” since the 1980s. It suggests how these divergences might help us to analyze the Ghana-focused scholarship in relation to broader trends in African studies, women’s history, and gender history. Gender has permeated Ghana Studies in articles and special issues on contemporary migration, work, households, health, sexualities, and politics; but comparatively few articles have aimed to complement this thematic breadth with historical depth. The essay concludes with some reflections on the chronological distribution of research interests, the dissemination strategies of historians, and the place of country-specific journals within the broader publication landscape.

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