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Boy-Wives and Female Husbands: Studies of African Homosexualities [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Will Roscoe , Stephen O. Murray
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3. Februar 2001
Claims concerning the presence and status of homosexuality in historic African cultures have become central points of contention in debates among contemporary African Americans. Some of those involved in the debate have even asserted that the original languages of Africa contained no words for gay or lesbian, therefore concluding that they did not exist. As the first work of its kind on the subject, Boy-Wives and Female-Husbands answers an urgent need for accurate, well-researched, and balanced work on African sexuality. It offers perspectives from the fields of anthropology and history, along with extensive evidence from ethnographic and literary sources. The essays explore such topics as woman-woman marriages, early reports of Malagasy "berdaches," male homosexuality in contemporary West Africa, alternative gender identities among the Swahili, the regulation of sexuality in colonial Zimbabwe, and the portrayals of homosexuality in modern African literature. Bound to be an invaluable resource for discussions of traditional and contemporary African cultures, Boy-Wives and Female-Husbands is a book whose time has clearly come.

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  • Taschenbuch: 352 Seiten
  • Verlag: Palgrave; Auflage: Revised. (3. Februar 2001)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0312238290
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312238292
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 22 x 14 x 2 cm
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Among the most persistent European myths about Africa, explain the editors of this anthology, is that homosexuality is "absent or incidental" in African societies. Since black Africans were felt to be the most primitive of people--the closest to nature--it followed that they must be the most heterosexual, their "sexual energies and outlets devoted exclusively to their 'natural' purpose: biological reproduction." That the field work of early anthropologists didn't always support this assumption merely led researchers to suppress their findings, or to fail to inquire too closely of subjects who were reluctant, in any case, to discuss their sexual lives with outsiders. The contributors to this volume argue convincingly that even native denials of homosexuality are often politically motivated (the sexual values of the West having permeated most of these cultures), and should be regarded as skeptically as the accounts of Western anthropologists, who in most cases have not seriously investigated same-sex patterns, "failing to report what they do observe, and discounting what they report." In the essays collected here, dating from the colonial period to the present and covering the major regions of black Africa, evidence of same-sex marriages, cross-dressing, role reversal, and premarital peer homosexuality challenges the myth and calls for further study. --Regina Marler -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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The historical status and existence of homosexuality in African cultures has long been a bone of contention for black scholars. Many have drawn attention to the fact that the original languages of Africa contained no words for gay or lesbian, concluding that homosexuality therefore did not exist before being introduced by white settlers. Furthermore, anthropologists have traditionally believed that since black Africans were the most primitive of peoples - the closest to nature - it follows that they must be the most heterosexual, "their sexual energies and outlets being devoted exclusively to their natural purpose: biological reproduction." As the first major work on this controversial subject, BOY-WIVES AND FEMALE HUSBANDS answers an urgent need for a well-researched study of African sexuality. It offers perspectives from anthropology and history, along with extensive evidence from ethnographic and literary sources. The essays explore such topics as: woman-woman marriages, male homosexuality in contemporary West Africa, alternative gender identities among the Swahili, and the portrayal of homosexuality in modern African literature.It is certain to be an invaluable resource for di

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5.0 von 5 Sternen An Eye Opening Book 28. April 2000
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Here is a book with oral histories and folklore tales from ethnographers that went to Africa. The book is an eyeopening one into the sexuality aspect of Africans often challenging theories of sexuality. It is an excellent book to answer to the question of How & Why Does Same Sex Sexual Behavior Varies Cross Culturally? It was writing an essay on this topic that got me to this book, I have always wanted to know about this issue since there has been a lot of denial from African colleagues but once I have read the first few pages of the book that 'denial' and "shh" feelings that exist within many Africans, was brought to light. The same smoothness and revelation is experienced throughout the book. The book seperates Africa into four regional sections to illustrate the diversity of African culture within that vast continent. It is very easy to read and simple too. If you are a book worm, you will love this one. It is the book for History, Anthropology or Gender Study students or those with interest in the above mention + Sexuality. The book now occupies a special place in my selective collection, get one too, I am sure there will be no regrets!
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Here is a book with oral histories and folklore tales from ethnographers that went to Africa. The book is an eyeopening one into the sexuality aspect of Africans often challenging theories of sexuality. It is an excellent book to answer to the question of How & Why Does Same Sex Sexual Behavior Varies Cross Culturally? It was writing an essay on this topic that got me to this book, I have always wanted to know about this issue since there has been a lot of denial from African colleagues but once I have read the first few pages of the book that 'denial' and "shh" feelings that exist within many Africans, was brought to light. The same smoothness and revelation is experienced throughout the book. The book seperates Africa into four regional sections to illustrate the diversity of African culture within that vast continent. It is very easy to read and simple too. If you are a book worm, you will love this one. It is the book for History, Anthropology or Gender Study students or those with interest in the above mention + Sexuality. The book now occupies a special place in my selective collection, get one too, I am sure there will be no regrets!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Awesome geographical and historical range! 29. November 1999
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The first book to attempt to survey homosexualities across (sub-Saharan) Africa is also a very good one. At a time when certain East African leaders are trying to hold onto power by scapegoating homosexuality as "un-African," Murray and Roscoe show that there are and have been a wide range of roles in "traditional" African cultures for those who love persons of their own sex. Once this is established - and it is established beyond any reasonable doubt - most readers will probably be more interested in the parts of the book dealing with contemporary individuals (including a young Kikuyu's male's memoir, Amory's chapter on the changing conceptions on the Swahili coast, and an explanation of the view in Lesotho and elsewherre that two women cannot have "sex," so that their physical relations are not seen as "sexual").

The book concludes by looking at the "social construction" of homosexualities by cross-tabulating societies with a kind of homosexuality (with relationships structured by age, structured by gender, or more-or-less egalitarian ones) with other structures (e.g., of inheritance, postpartum taboos) in the same societies. No absolute, categorical patterns emerge. I.e., there are correlations, but no clear "if x, then homosexuality y" conclusions.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Western compilation of some Sub-Saharan Same-Sex Concepts 15. Juli 2009
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I read the 2001 paperback of the originally 1998 book. It was edited by two US anthropologists/activists. The title should have read "Studies in Sub-Saharan Homosexualities". It features some dozen authors, virtually all of which seem to be Westerners also. Which may not make it easier to convince those who say that "African homosexualities" are a colonial invention. However, the content makes it clear that the colonialists' influence had been rather in the reverse, downpressing African homosexualities and brainwashing the new generations of the installed African elite. The term "homosexuality" is Western of course. Coined by an Austrian in Germany in the 19th century, melting Greek and Latin, describing a Western concept. (Which is also true for the term "heterosexuality".) Of course anywhere, you will find humans who fall in love and / or engage in sexuality which may be transcribed as homosexuality by the Western gender concept. There are many differing gender concepts in Africa, however, some of which get mentioned in this book, others not. Read for example When Men Are Women: Manhood Among The Gabra Nomads Of East Africa or Male Daughters, Female Husbands: Gender and Sex in an African Society, both books NOT describing homosexualities.

The book uses contemporary and colonial sources (such as colonial court cases against "homosexualities".) as well as studies in anthropology. For a more authentic grasp on the material, more African sources themselves would have been more helpful. Probably a matter of availability. Still, some African authors could have shed a more thorough light on certain concepts. Especially old colonial sources are bound to be vague and of the not quite overstanding kind. Elaboration on concepts is something else than these compilation listings in a nut shell.

Still, this book offers a nice updated and important Western entry into the subject matter. (There were German collectors and publishers of the entire world's "homosexualities" in the early 20th century). Can't wait to read some African perspectives some day.

This book covers more (Black) African peoples NOT than it does.

However much or little this book may be flawed, for the time being one shouldn't engage in a denial argument without having read this one.

You may be interested in Islamic Homosexualities: Culture, History, and Literature, the newer African Intimacies: Race, Homosexuality, and Globalization and the much, much older German Das Geschlechtsleben der Naturvölker..
5.0 von 5 Sternen incredibly interesting 23. April 2014
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especially in light of legal situation in many african countries, where lesbian and gay people are being prosecuted and often incarcerated
5.0 von 5 Sternen Must buy 7. Dezember 2013
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The writing is very academic and dense (by design) at points, however, this book is an absolutely fascinating read that details homosexuality across Africa.
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