Posted by in on October 24, 2009

Social Dynamics of Abandonment of Harmful Practices: A New Look at the Theory

A working paper, published by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Innocenti Research Centre, discusses 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.