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Sexuality and Social Justice in Africa Rethinking Homophobia and Forging Resistance

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ISBN-10: 1780323816

ISBN-13: 9781780323817

Edition: 2013

Authors: Marc Epprecht

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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 high political and religious figures in Zimbabwe and Gambia; draconian new laws against lesbians and gays and their supporters in Malawi, Nigeria, Uganda; the imprisonment and extortion of gay men in Senegal and Cameroon; and so-called corrective rapes of lesbians in South Africa have all rightly sparked international condemnation. However, much of the analysis thus far 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, Mark Epprecht provides a sympathetic overview of the issues at play, and a hopeful outlook on the potential of sexual rights for all.
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Book details

List price: $13.99
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Zed Books, Limited
Publication date: 7/11/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 232
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

Marc Epprecht is associate professor in the departments of history and global development studies at Queen's University. He is the 2006 winner of the Canadian Association of African Studies Joel Gregory Prize for his book "Hungochani: The History of a Dissident Sexuality in Southern Africa". In 2009 he won the Desmond Tutu Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Study of Sexuality in Africa.

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Demystifying sexuality studies in Africa
Faiths
Sex and the state
Struggles and strategies
Conclusion
Notes
Works cited
Index