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The Copyright Thing Doesn't Work HereAdinkra and Kente Cloth and Intellectual Property in Ghana$
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Boatema Boateng

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816670024

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816670024.001.0001

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The Women Don’t Know Anything!

The Women Don’t Know Anything!

Gender, Cloth Production, and Appropriation

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(p.67) Chapter 2 The Women Don’t Know Anything!
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The Copyright Thing Doesn't Work Here
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Boatema Boateng

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University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816670024.003.0003

This chapter discusses the gender discrimination in the production of adinkra and kente. Males are privileged in the cloth-producing communities since the women’s cloth designs and production are not patronized in local communities. This gendering of indigenous and local cultural production and design became more debatable because of the intellectual property law. Gendering around cloth production occurs not only according to the identity of those who produce it but also according to the sphere in which cloth production occurs.

Keywords:   adinkra, kente, gendered authorship, intellectual property law, gendering, cloth production

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