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Routledge Handbook of Queer African Studies

1st Edition

Edited by S. N. Nyeck


288 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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This handbook offers diverse perspectives on queer Africa, incorporating scholarly contributions on themes that reflect and inflect the trajectories of queer contributions to African studies within and outside academia.

The Routledge Handbook of Queer African Studies incorporates a range of unique perspectives, reflecting ongoing struggles between regimes of inclusion and those of transformation premised upon different relational and reflexive engagements between queer embodiment and Africa’s subjectivities. All sections of this handbook blend contributions from public intellectuals and practitioners with academic reflections on topics such as to neoliberalism, social care, morality and ethics, social education, and technology, through the lens of queer African studies. The book renders visible the ongoing transformations and resistance within African societies as well as the inventiveness of queer presence in negotiating belonging.

This handbook will be of interest to students and scholars of gender and sexuality in Africa, Queer studies, and African culture and society.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Perspectives on care 1. Traditional African Systems of Land Ownership and their Impact on Lesbian Women 2. Queering Love: Sex Care, Capital and Academic Prejudices 3. Women who Love Women: Negotiating African Traditions and Kinship 4. Queer African Studies and Directions in Methodology Part 2: Perspectives on participation 5. LGBTIQ Political Participation in South Africa: The Rights, the Real, and the Representation 6. "Are You a Footballer?" The Radical Potential of Women's Football at the National Level 7. The Quest for Belonging among Male Sex Workers and Hustlers in Nairobi Part 3: Perspectives on Morality and Ethics 8. Can Black Queer Feminists Believe in God? An Exploration of Feminism, Sexuality and the Spiritual 9. Leaky Anuses, Loose Vaginas, and Large Penises: A Heirarchy of Sexualized Bodies in the Pentecostal Imaginary 10. Moral Agency and the Paradox of Positionality: Disruptive Bodies and Queer Resistance in Senegalese Women's Soccer Part 4: Perspectives on Techniques and Technology 11. Teaching Sex Times: A Space for Conversation and Knowledge Building about Sex 12. A Man with Boundaries: Masculinities, Technologies and Counter Publics in Urban Accra 13. Deconstructing Homosexuality in Ghana Part 5: Perspectives on Neoliberalism 14. Revisiting Authoritative Accounts of #FeesMustFall Movement and LGBTI Silencing 15. Sex and Money in West Africa: The "Money" Problem in West African Sexual Diversity Politics 16. Normative Collusions and Amphibious Evasions: The Contested Politics of Queer Self-Making in Neoliberal Ghana Part 6: Perspectives on Negotiating Social Education 17. Adventures from the Bedrooms of African Queer Women 18. 'We have sex, but we don't talk about it': Examining Silences in Teaching and Learning about Sex and Sexuality in Ghana and Ethiopia 19. Caught between Worlds: Ghanaian Youth's Views of Hybrid Sexuality 20. Sex Panics and LGBTQ Children's Rights to Schooling

About the Editor

S.N. Nyeck is one of the founders of queer studies in Africa. She created and led the first pan-African Network of scholars doing queer work in Africa and co-edited with Marc Epprecht, Sexual Diversity in Africa: Politics, Theory and Citizenship (McGill-Queens’ University Press, 2013). She has over twenty years of experience on queer issues in Africa and frequently intervenes in activist-led and scholarly fora. She holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of California Los Angeles and writes about queer issues in Africa using as diverse tools as literature, political theory, theology, African philosophy. She is an Africa Multiple Cluster Excellence Fellow, Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies, Germany; a Research Associate with Critical Studies in Higher Education Transformation (CriSHET), Nelson Mandela University, South Africa, and a visiting scholar at the Vulnerability and the Human Condition Initiative, Emory School of Law, United States.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Lesbian Studies
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Men's Studies
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Women's Studies
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies