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Heterosexual Africa?

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Heterosexual Africa? The History of an Idea from the Age of Exploration to the Age of AIDS builds from Marc Epprecht’s previous book, Hungochani (which focuses expli citly on same-sex desire in southern Africa) to explore the historical processes by which a singular, heterosexual identity for Africa was constructed—by anthropologists, ethnopsychologists, colonial officials

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Published September 23rd 2008 by Ohio University Press
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Wade
Jul 08, 2012 Wade rated it it was amazing
Lately I've taken an interest in the ways that sexuality, gender, and culture are constructed to seem timeless, and this book promises to further my understanding of this. I'm reading it in conjunction with African Sexualities, ed. by Sylvia Tamale, for a really exciting two-part primer in understanding sexuality broadly.
This book provides a great overview of the history of a (false) idea and how it serves the people in power - from colonial ethnographers and missionaries to dictators who have i
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Leigh
Despite the academic terminology and writing, the book is a very interesting look at how colonial and post-colonial Africa has maintained the myth of a heterosexuality-only identity - despite obvious contradictions. Whether colonial officials or post-colonial governments, limiting Africans' sexuality has served the self-interests of many. The role of scientists, AIDS workers and social activists in knowingly or unknowingly maintaining this idea makes the book worthy reading. I also found very in ...more
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