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Social Dynamics of Abandonment of Harmful Practices: A new look at the theory

AUTHOR(S)

Gerry Mackie
Social Dynamics of Abandonment of Harmful Practices: A new look at the theory
LANGUAGE:
English
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ABSTRACT

Special Series on Social Norms and Harmful Practices

The essay refines the application of the social convention theory to the practice of female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C). The theory compares footbinding in China to FGM/C in Africa, explains each practice in terms of simple game theory, and recommends that the methods used to end footbinding be adapted to end FGM/C. It hypothesizes that each practice originated in highly stratified ancient empires, and became an ongoing requirement of marriageability, general and persistent within the intramarrying community because no one family can give it up on its own.
SERIESInnocenti Working Papers
SERIES No. 2009-06
DATE OF PUBLICATION2009
PAGES42