1st Edition

Knowledge, Power and Young Sexualities A Transnational Feminist Engagement

By Tamara Shefer, Jeff Hearn Copyright 2023
    192 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    192 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book troubles the ways young people have been constructed as ‘trouble’ through critical readings of the effects and impacts, politically and ideologically, globally and locally, of scholarship and practice directed at South African young people’s sexualities over the last three decades of addressing HIV, GBV and other sexual and gender justice challenges.

    Located primarily in South Africa, the book speaks to global concerns about the politics of knowledge and transnational flows of information and practice with respect to gender and sexuality and is framed by global imperatives and analyses located in transnational, postcolonial and intersectional feminist frameworks. The key argument developed here, and explored in relation to several different forms of research and practice, is that efforts to challenge HIV, GBV and unequal sexual and gender practices among young people, particularly as evident in heterosexual relationships, have tended to reflect and reproduce (re)new(ed) orthodoxies about sexuality, gender, family and young people, while bolstering global and local racist, classist ‘othering’ of certain communities and nation-states, and reiterating the ‘innocence’ and authority of those already privileged and centred.

    The book contributes to critical reflexive work on global practices of knowledge and its complex enmeshment with power in the terrain of sexual and gender justice work aimed at young people.

    1. ‘Troubling’ approaches to young sexualities

    2. Young people, gender and sexualities

    3. Gender binarisms and heteronormativity

    4. Victims and perpetrators

    5. Idealized and demonized young people

    6. Transnational and local (mis)travels

    7. Towards alternative engagements with young people


    Tamara Shefer is Professor in Women’s and Gender Studies, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of the Western Cape, South Africa.

    Jeff Hearn is Professor Emeritus, Hanken School of Economics, Helsinki, Finland; Professor of Sociology, University of Huddersfield, UK; and Senior Professor, Human Geography, Örebro University, Sweden.