Hidden Sexualities of South African Teachers: Black Male Educators and Same-sex Desire, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Hidden Sexualities of South African Teachers

Black Male Educators and Same-sex Desire, 1st Edition

By Thabo Msibi


170 pages | 6 B/W Illus.

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South Africa remains a global leader in the legislative protection of individuals who engage in same-sex relations, and is the only country in Africa where the rights of these individuals are explicitly recognized and protected by the constitution. Yet South Africa’s identities are still contested and evolving, particularly for same-sex desiring teachers – many are forced to locate their sexualities privately for fear of being ostracized, bullied or losing their jobs, resulting in the miseducation of young people in schools. This volume reveals the various ways in which black South African male teachers construct their sexual and professional identities, how they accommodate structural dictates while simultaneously resisting them, and the effect this has on students.

Presenting the day-to-day experiences of eight same-sex desiring teachers within repressive contexts, this volume challenges the Western origins and assumptions of queer theory, particularly its inability to confront communal forms of social organizing and its focus on individual agency. It asks for more socially responsive theorizing that takes into account the role played by location, race, class, gender and sexual identification within South African and international contexts.

Table of Contents

1. From silence to visibility 2. Theoretical and methodological framing 3. Same-sex practices and Zulu masculinity in an evolving post-apartheid South Africa 4. Zulu culture and Christianity: A marriage of convenience in advancing homophobia 5. Internalized homophobia: Passing to conform 6. Passing for opportunity: The unconstrained sexual liaisons? 7. Passing at school: excellence and professionalism as a coping mechanisms 8. Conclusion

About the Author

Thabo Msibi is Associate Professor and Dean in the School of Education at University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban.

About the Series

Routledge Critical Studies in Gender and Sexuality in Education

Routledge Critical Studies in Gender and Sexuality in Education showcases scholarly work over a wide range of educational topics, contexts and locations within gender and sexuality in education. The series welcomes theoretically informed scholarship including critical, feminist, queer, trans, postcolonial, and intersectional perspectives, and encourages creative and innovative methodological approaches. Proposals dealing with critical policy analysis, as it relates to gender and sexuality studies in education, are also invited. The series is committed to publishing scholarly monographs, both sole and co-authored, and edited collections.

Please send inquiries and proposals to: Wayne Martino (wmartino@uwo.ca), Emma Renold (Renold@cardiff.ac.uk) and Matthew Friberg (matthew.friberg@taylorandfrancis.com).

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Philosophy & Social Aspects
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Discrimination & Race Relations