Sexuality and Social Justice in Africa

Rethinking Homophobia and Forging Resistance

Marc Epprecht

Description

Based on pioneering research on the history of homosexualities in Africa and current lgbti activism, Marc Epprecht provides a sympathetic overview of the issues at play, and a hopeful outlook on the potential of sexual rights for all.
The persecution of people in Africa on the basis of their assumed or perceived homosexual orientation has received considerable coverage in the popular media in recent years. Gay-bashing by political and religious figures in Zimbabwe and Gambia; draconian new laws against lesbians and gays and their supporters in Malawi, Nigeria and Uganda; and the imprisonment and extortion of gay men in Senegal and Cameroon have all rightly sparked international condemnation. However, much of the analysis has been highly critical of African leadership and culture without considering local nuances, historical factors and external influences that are contributing to the problem. Such commentary also overlooks grounds for optimism in the struggle for sexual rights and justice in Africa, not just for sexual minorities but for the majority population as well.

Based on pioneering research on the history of homosexualities and engagement with current lgbti and HIV/AIDS activism, Marc Epprecht provides a sympathetic overview of the issues at play and a hopeful outlook on the potential of sexual rights for all.

Author Bio

Marc Epprecht is a professor in the Department of Global Development Studies at Queen's University, Canada. He has consulted and published extensively on the history of gender and sexuality in Africa.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. Demystifying sexuality studies in Africa
  • 3. Faiths
  • 4. Sex and the state
  • 5. Struggles and strategies
  • 6. Conclusion
  • Notes
  • Works cited

Reviews

'This book, based on pioneering research on the history of sexualities and engagement with current LGBTI activism, aims to provide a sympathetic overview of the issues at play. Clearly written and richly annotated, it will prove to be a useful guide for academics, social workers and activists.'
Africa at LSE

'Clearly written, well researched and deeply committed to global social justice, this book foregrounds decades of research on sexuality in Africa. It shows, despite much publicized homophobia, the existence of sexual tolerance and calls for the elaboration of erotic justice.'
Robert Morrell, University of Cape Town

'This very necessary book is a work of activism as well as scholarship. It provides trenchant lessons for all those interested in social justice and how to support and defend the rights of embattled sexual minorities in sub-Saharan Africa.'
Mark Gevisser, author and journalist

'A very rich book.'
Journal of Modern African Studies

Details

Publication Date: 11 July 2013
232 pages

Product ISBNs: Paperback: 9781780323817
Hardback: 9781780323824
eBook ePub: 9781780323848
eBook PDF: 9781780323831
eBook Kindle: 9781780323855

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