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Manhood and Morality
Sex, Violence and Ritual in Gisu Society





ISBN 9780415185783
Published March 3, 1999 by Routledge
208 Pages

 
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'An impressive and meticulously crafted African ethnography, which has theoretical and practical relevance for understanding masculinity and violence in general'- David Parkin, Professor of Anthropology, Cambridge University Manhood and Morality explores issues of male identity among the Gisu of Uganda and the moral dilemma faced by men who define themselves by their capacity for violence. Drawing extensively on twenty years of fieldwork and on psychological theory the book covers: circumcision
Oedipal feelings
witchcraft
deviance
joking
sexuality
and ethnicity.
This ethnographic study challenges our preconceptions of manhood, especially African virility, inviting a wider re-evaluation of masculinity.

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' ... The result is a finely engrained ethnography with a great knowledge and attention to the Gisu semanti field, along with the social and cultural ones.' - Cambridge Anthropology