African Sexualities

African Sexualities

A Reader


Read Sylvia Tamale's introduction as published by the Nordic Africa Institute here.

This groundbreaking volume, the first of its kind written by African activists themselves, aims to inspire a new generation of students and teachers to study, reflect and gain fresh and critical insights into the complex issues of gender and sexuality. It opens a space – particularly for young people – to think about African sexualities in different ways. This accessible but scholarly multidisciplinary text, from a distinctly African perspective, 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 from a wide political spectrum 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 book adopts a feminist approach that analyses sexuality within patriarchal structures of oppression while also highlighting its emancipatory potential.

As well as using popular culture to help address the 'what, why, how, when and where' questions, the contributors also provide a critical mapping of African sexualities that informs readers about the plurality and complexities of African sexualities – desires, practices, fantasies, identities, taboos, abuses, violations, stigmas, transgressions and sanctions. At the same time, they pose gender-sensitive and politically aware questions that challenge the reader to interrogate assumptions and hegemonic sexuality discourses, thereby unmapping the intricate and complex terrain of African sexualities.

The blend of approaches and styles enhances the book's accessibility and usefulness for teaching as well as allowing for historical and textual contextualisation.

Authors include scholars, researchers, professionals, practitioners and experts from different regions of Africa and Africans in the Diaspora.

What people say:

Dr. Tamale's book blends activism, academia and common sense approaches to give us insight into African sexualities. She's to be commended for taking the risk to talk about topics that aren't often discussed – with candor, clarity and depth.
Cary Alan Johnson – Executive Director, International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission

Sylvia Tamale has given us a jewel of a book, drawing together a dazzling array of contributors from all over the continent to offer the most eloquent of repudiations of the many myths about sexualities in Africa. This landmark collection deserves to be widely read.
Andrea Cornwall – Professor, School of Global Studies, University of Sussex, UK

African Sexualities: A Reader captures the physical and emotional aspects of African sexualities in their diverse forms and contexts, applying the question of power to these realities. An important affirmation, this book is a useful contribution to African literature on sexualities from Africa that is based on African perspectives and experiences.
Ifi Amadiume – Professor and Writer, Dartmouth College, USA

Bravo! A book about Africans, published in Africa, and mostly written by Africans. Literally dozens of established scholars, activists, artists, and an emerging generation of young African intellectuals explore the diverse aspects of sexualities in Africa. The Reader can almost stand alone as a university course, challenging by its breadth, interdisciplinarity, and passion, the many stereotypes and silences that still encumber sexuality studies in Africa.
Marc Epprecht – Professor, Queens University, Canada and author of Heterosexual Africa?

This volume far surpasses its stated objective of 'amplifying the voices of Africans' by situating these in a critical and post-colonial feminist framework offering profound insights into the troubling dynamics of power, domination, subjectivity and cultural liberation that variously affect the continent's people in today's globalizing world. It gives voice to the seismic shifts in the politics of sexuality that are currently taking place. Tamale's reputation as a courageous and highly accomplished feminist legal scholar and activist no doubt facilitated the stupendous outreach and research engagements that lie behind this volume.
Amina Mama – Nigerian-British feminist Professor, University of California, Davis

Title African Sexualities
Subtitle A Reader
Author Sylvia Tamale
Publisher Pambazuka Press
Imprint Fahamu Books
BISAC Subject Heading SOC032000 SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies
BIC Subject Heading JFSJ Gender studies, gender groups
Audience 01 General / trade
Audience Higher education, undergraduates, postgraduates
Credit Fahamu Ltd
Title First Published 23 June 2011
Subject Scheme Identifier Code      93 Thema subject category: JBSF
Includes Index; Bibliography
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 672 p. Index . Bibliography .
ISBN-10 0-85749-016-8
ISBN-13 978-0-85749-016-2
GTIN13 (EAN13) 9780857490162
Related Formats Electronic version available as GTIN-13 - (EAN 13) 9780857490179
Electronic version available as GTIN-13 - (EAN 13) 9780857490148
Publication Date 23 June 2011
Main content page count 672
Dimensions 160 x 235 x 3.5 cm
Weight 1138 gr
List Price £24.95
Format PDF
Nb of pages Index . Bibliography .
Product Detail PDF
ISBN-10 0-85749-017-6
ISBN-13 978-0-85749-017-9
GTIN13 (EAN13) 9780857490179
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Publication Date 23 June 2011
Format Multi-item Pack
Nb of pages Index . Bibliography .
Reference no. BUNPDF9780857490162
Weight 1138 gr
List Price £44.90
Format ePub
Nb of pages Index . Bibliography .
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ISBN-10 0857490141
ISBN-13 9780857490148
Related Formats Epublication based on (print product) GTIN-13 - (EAN 13) 9780857490162

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