Legislating Gender and Sexuality in Africa details how legal efforts in the continent can often be moralizing enterprises, illuminating how these processes are closely tied to notions of ethics, personhood, and citizenship. The contributors provide new appraisals of recent events, with fresh arguments about the relationships between local and global fights for rights. This interdisciplinary approach will appeal to scholars in African studies, anthropology, history, and gender studies.
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
Number of pages: 216
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm
"Grounded in the finest of anthropological traditions and enhanced by an exceptionally insightful introduction and epilogue, these essays both challenge and enrich existing theory. They powerfully demonstrate how international legal codes shape - and are reshaped by - the most intimate of human affairs." - Caroline Bledsoe, Northwestern University
"An important and original work. As a platform, human rights operates as both practice and discourse to shape subjectivity and conduct. This compelling collection demonstrates how this formula unleashes possibilities for political agency while at the same time foreclosing others." - Benjamin N. Lawrance, University of Arizona
"As a collection, Legislating Gender and Sexuality in Africa shows that arguments over human rights are ultimately debates about who can be visible and who is worthy of the state's protection." - Alice J. Kang, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
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