Eradicating Female Genital Mutilation Chapter 2: Socio-economic Analysis

Any serious look at the realities of female genital mutilation in modern Britain cannot be complete without an attempt at sociological analysis in parallel with empirical description and policy discussion.

FGM is a social and economic force as well as a fundamental issue around human rights and the imperative on us all to keep the most vulnerable and smallest members of our society safe.

It is important to consider how sociological and economic analysis can contribute to understandings of what FGM means in a modern, historically fully established Western society such as, but not exclusively, the nations of Europe, North America and Australia.

Sociology throws light on how FGM sits in the social order, and what its impacts for that order might be, overall and directly for those who experience it (whether at first hand or in other ways). Economics helps in considering the implications of FGM for the economies of communities and societies in which it is found.

TOPICS CONSIDERED in Chapter 2 of the book Eradicating Female Genital Mutilation:

The sociology of FGM

anomie and social frameworks    Discuss

secret societies    Discuss

group think    Discuss

prospects in the new world    Discuss

fundamental tensions    Discuss

from anomie to underclass    Discuss

power    Discuss

first-world contexts    Discuss

patriarchy    Discuss

racism    Discuss

survivors and survival mechanisms    Discuss

The economics of FGM

local economics    Discuss

human and health costs    Discuss

infant harm    Discuss

medicalisation    Discuss

employment and enterprise    Discuss

land and other non-monetary resources    Discuss

the ‘shanty town’ effect    Discuss

medical and other service provision costs    Discuss

communities in the diaspora    Discuss

international programmes    Discuss

half the workforce, half the leadership    Discuss

opportunity costs    Discuss

* Any other issues concerning socio-economic analysis?    Discuss