Gender and Sexuality in Senegalese Societies: Critical Perspectives and Methods

Gender and Sexuality in Senegalese Societies: Critical Perspectives and Methods


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Drawing from the diverse fields of postcolonial studies, literary studies, history, anthropology, sociology, political science, environmental studies, and development studies, among others, Gender and Sexuality in Senegalese Societies demonstrates the urgency and necessity of new research in gender and queer studies in and on Senegalese societies. By focusing on subjects that have thus far been largely neglected in national and scholarly debates, the chapters are subversive, complex, and inclusive, centering within Senegalese studies themes and elements of alternative, nonbinary, variant, and nonheteronormative gender identities, sexualities, and voices. Contributors demonstrate that nationalist and anticolonial discourses propelled by deep and lingering socioeconomic inequalities have led, in postcolonial Senegal, to vitriolic scapegoating of individuals and communities with variant sexual and gender identities. The chapters in this volume look inward to the voices and experiences of the Senegalese people to challenge nationalist representations of advocacy for the liberation of gender and sexual minorities in Senegal as a function of a Western neocolonialist agenda.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781793601124
Publisher: Lexington Books
Publication date: 07/10/2019
Series: Critical African Studies in Gender and Sexuality Series
Pages: 326
Product dimensions: 6.32(w) x 9.09(h) x 1.19(d)

About the Author

Babacar M'Baye is professor of English and pan-African studies at Kent State University.

Besi Brillian Muhonja is associate professor of African, African American, and diaspora studies, and women’s, gender and sexuality studies in the Department of English at James Madison University.

Table of Contents

Introduction: New Directions for Studies of Gender and Sexuality in Senegal, Babacar M'Baye Chapter One The Invention of the Homosexual: The Politics of Homophobia in Senegal, Ayo Coly Chapter Two Queering the 'Greater Jihad': Sufi Resistance and Disruptive Morality in Senegalese Women's Soccer, Beth Packer Chapter Three Representations of the Gôr Djiguène [Man Woman] in Senegalese Culture, Films, and Literature, Babacar M'Baye Chapter Four Successful Schoolgirls: Maintaining Spatial Freedom and Personal Time in Dakar, Amy Porter Chapter Five Widowhood and asset inheritance among the Serer in Senegal, Ruth Evans Chapter Six Sisterhood in Mariama Ba's So Long A Letter, Kadidia Sy Chapter Seven "How can you promote health without promoting freedom?": E-Health for Containment and Care among Queer Activists in Senegal, Juliana Friend Chapter Eight Catalyzing Stagnant Norms: Female Parliamentarians' Creative Impact on Weary Public Institutions, Susan Telingator and Sindiso Mnisi Weeks Chapter Nine Radical inclusion and the life of a public intellectual: A conversation with Cheikh Ibrahima Niang, by Ellen Foley and Cheikh Ibrahima Niang Conclusion: Identities, Text and Texts, Besi Brillian Muhonja

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