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Sexuality and social justice in Africa : rethinking homophobia and forging resistance

Author: Marc Epprecht
Publisher: London : Zed Books, [2013] ©2013
Series: African arguments.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The persecution of people in Africa for their assumed homosexual orientation has received considerable media coverage in recent years. However, much of the analysis has criticized African leadership and culture without considering local nuances, historical factors and external influences. Based on pioneering historical research and engagement with lgbti and HIV/AIDS activism, this book provides a sympathetic
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Marc Epprecht
ISBN: 9781780323831 1780323832 9781299717701 1299717705
OCLC Number: 851695576
Language Note: Text in English.
Description: 1 online resource (ix, 222 pages)
Contents: Introduction --
Demystifying sexuality studies in Africa --
Faiths --
Sex and the state --
Struggles and strategies --
Conclusion.
Series Title: African arguments.
Responsibility: Marc Epprecht.

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The persecution of people in Africa for their assumed homosexual orientation has received considerable media coverage in recent years. However, much of the analysis has criticized African leadership and culture without considering local nuances, historical factors and external influences. Based on pioneering historical research and engagement with lgbti and HIV/AIDS activism, this book provides a sympathetic overview of the issues and a hope 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 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, Marc Epprecht provides a sympathetic overview of the issues at play and a hopeful outlook on the potential of sexual rights for all."--Page [4] of cover.

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