Publication details [#60313]

Amfo, Nana Aba Appiah and Grace Diabah. 2015. Caring supporters or daring usurpers? Representation of women in Akan proverbs. Discourse & Society 26 (1) : 3–28.
Publication type
Article in journal
Publication language
Language as a subject
Place, Publisher
SAGE Publications


Using a (feminist) critical discursive approach, it is argued that Akans tend to present espoused women in specific stereotypical manners via the use of gendered proverbs, the majority of which can be perceived as disrespectful, negative or inferior. Even positive representations often seduce women to play classic stereotyped roles, thus increasing hegemonic masculinity and femininity.