The cultural politics of female sexuality in South Africa

Upphovsperson: Gunkel, Henriette
Utgivare: Nordiska Afrikainstitutet | Nordiska Afrikainstitutet; Routledge
År: 2010
Ämnesord: sexuality, Homosexuality, Sexual behavior, Social identity, gender relations, Women's rights, legislation, Colonial influence, Post-apartheid, South Africa, Sociology, Sociologi
Sexual identity has emerged into the national discourse of post-apartheid South Africa, bringing the subject of rights and the question of gender relations and cultural authenticity into the focus of the nation state’s politics. This book is a fascinating reflection on the effects of these discourses on non-normative modes of sexuality and intimacy and on the country more generally. While in 1996, South Africa became the first country in the world that explicitly incorporated lesbian and gay rights within a Bill of Rights, much of the country has continued to see homosexuality as un-African. Henriette Gunkel examines how colonialism and apartheid have historically shaped constructions of gender and sexuality and how these concepts have not only been re-introduced and shaped by understandings of homosexuality as un-African but also by the post-apartheid constitution and continued discourse within the nation.

Human rights and homosexuality in Southern Africa

Upphovspersoner: Dunton, Chris | Palmberg, Mai
Utgivare: Nordiska Afrikainstitutet | Uppsala : Nordiska Afrikainstitutet
År: 1996
Ämnesord: Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Southern Africa, Human rights, Homosexuality, SOCIAL SCIENCES, SAMHÄLLSVETENSKAP
At the 1995 Zimbabwe International Bookfair the organisation of Gays and Lesbians in Zimbabwe was prevented from taking part. This opened up an unprecedented debate in southern Africa, which is conveyed in this report, together with a survey of African views on homosexuality, a global overview on homosexuality and the law, and an address list of human rights organisations and organisations working for gay and lesbian rights. A first-hand report and analysis of the new book fair drama in Harare 1996 is included in the new expanded edition.