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Look Inside Politicizing Sex in Contemporary Africa

Politicizing Sex in Contemporary Africa
Homophobia in Malawi

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  • Publication planned for: January 2019
  • availability: Not yet published - available from January 2019
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108427890

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  • Although sexual minorities in Africa continue to face harsh penalties for same-sex relationships, strong anti-homophobic resistance exists across the continent. This book systematically charts the emergence and effects of politicized homophobia in Malawi and shows how it has been used as a strategy by political elites to consolidate their moral and political authority, through punishing LGBT people and dividing social movements. Here, Ashley Currier pays particular attention to the impact of politicized homophobia on different social movements, specifically HIV/AIDS, human rights, LGBT rights, and women's rights movements. Her timely account intervenes in Afro-pessimist portrayals of the African continent as a hotbed of homophobia and unravels the tensions and contradictions underlying Western perceptions of Malawi. It shows that, in reality, many lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people happily call Malawi home, in spite of heightened antigay vitriol that has generated unwanted visibility for them.

    • An account of the rise of politicized homophobia in Malawi, designed to show that it is not an intrinsic part of 'African culture'
    • Highlights how homophobia has been deployed as a political weapon by leaders across Africa
    • Documents how politicized homophobia affects different social movements - HIV/AIDS, human rights, LGBT rights, and women's movements - and LGBT people
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    • Publication planned for: January 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108427890
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • availability: Not yet published - available from January 2019
  • Table of Contents

    List of figures
    Acknowledgments
    List of abbreviations
    Introduction: politicized homophobia in Malawi
    1. The politicization of same-sex sexualities in Malawi
    2. Trials of love: the rise of politicized homophobia
    3. The repressive 'wedge' politics of politicized homophobia
    4. Arrested solidarity: why some movements do not support LGBT rights
    5. Under duress: sexual minorities' perceptions about the effects of politicized homophobia
    Conclusion: the reach and limits of politicized homophobia
    References.

  • Author

    Ashley Currier, University of Cincinnati
    Ashley Currier is Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Cincinnati. Her first book, Out in Africa: LGBT Organizing in Namibia and South Africa (2012), was a finalist for a 2013 Lambda Literary Book Award. Her research on gender and sexual diversity organizing in Africa has been published in Critical African Studies, Feminist Formations, Gender & Society, GLQ, Mobilization, Politique Africaine, Signs, and Women's Studies Quarterly.

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