African Sexualities: A Reader

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Fahamu/Pambazuka, 2011 - Social Science - 656 pages
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This accessible but scholarly multidisciplinary text is built around themed sections each introduced by a framing essay. The authors use essays, case studies, poetry, news clips, songs, fiction, memoirs, letters, interviews, short film scripts and photographs to examine dominant and deviant sexualities, analyse the body as a site of political, cultural and social contestation and investigate the intersections between sex, power, masculinities and femininities. The feminist approach analyses sexuality within various structures of oppression - patriarchal, capitalist, colonial, neocolonial - while also highlighting its emancipatory potential. Authors include scholars, researchers, professionals, practitioners and experts from different regions of Africa and Africans in the Diaspora. The blend of approaches and styles enhances the book's accessibility and usefulness for teaching as well as allowing for historical and textual contextualisation.

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This is a book I'm reading as part of my research into Black sexuality. It'll be a long while before I'm actually done with it. Read full review

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I started reading and now researching about African sexualities when I read an article about Malidoma Somé ( that revolutionized my ignorance about sex and gender in ... Read full review


Research theory and methods
Sexuality power and politics
Mapping sexual representations and practices of identity
Part 4 Integrated and positive sexuality
Reproduction and rights
Sex and masculinities
Whos having sex and whos not?
Sexuality spirituality and the supernatural
Pedagogical approaches

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About the author (2011)

Sylvia Tamale is the author of When Hens Begin to Crow: Gender and Parliamentary Politics in Uganda, a former visiting professor at the African Gender Institute of the University of Cape Town, and a former visiting scholar at the University of Wisconsin. She is currently dean of the faculty of law and jurisprudence at Makerere University in Uganda.

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