Love in Africa

ISBN-10: 0226113531
ISBN-13: 9780226113531
Edition: 2009
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Book details

List price: $22.50
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 6/2/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

In recent years, scholarly interest in love has flourished. Historians have addressed the rise of romantic love and marriage in Europe and the United States, while anthropologists have explored the ways globalization has reshaped local ideas about those same topics. Yet, love in Africa has been peculiarly ignored, resulting in a serious lack of understanding about this vital element of social lifea glaring omission given the intense focus on sexuality in Africa in the wake of HIV/AIDS. Love in Africaseeks both to understand this failure to consider love and to begin to correct it. In a substantive introduction and eight essays that examine a variety of countries and range in time from the 1930s to the present, the contributors collectively argue for the importance of paying attention to the many different cultural and historical strands that constitute love in Africa. Covering such diverse topics as the reception of Bollywood movies in 1950s Zanzibar, the effects of a Mexican telenovela on young people's ideas about courtship in Niger, the models of romance promoted by South African and Kenyan magazines, and the complex relationship between love and money in Madagascar and South Africa,Love in Africais a vivid and compelling look at love's role in African society.

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Acknowledgments
Thinking through Love in Africa
Love, Sex, and the Modern Girl in 1930s Southern Africa
Making Love in the Indian Ocean: Hindi Films, Zanzibari Audiences, and the Construction of Romance in the 1950s and 1960s
"Dear Dolly's" Advice: Representations of Youth, Courtship, and Sexualities in Africa, 1960-1980
Love, Money, and Economies of Intimacy in Tamatave, Madagascar
Providing Love: Sex and Exchange in Twentieth-Century South Africa
Managing Men, Marriage, and Modern Love: Women's Perspectives on Intimacy and Male Infidelity in Southeastern Nigeria
Media and the Therapeutic Ethos of Romantic Love in Middle-Class Nairobi
Lessons from Rubi: Love, Poverty, and the Educational Value of Televised Dramas in Niger
References
List of Contributors
Index

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