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Honorable Mention by the David Easton Award Committee

APSA Finalist for the 2009 Herskovits Award for outstanding scholarly work published on Africa

Heterosexual Africa? The History of an Idea from the Age of Exploration to the Age of AIDS builds from Marc Epprechts previous book, Hungochani (which focuses expli citly on same-sex desire in southern Africa) to explore the historical processes by which a singular, heterosexual identity for Africa was constructed—by anthropologists, ethnopsychologists, colonial officials, African elites, and most recently, health care workers seeking to address the HIV/AIDS pandemic. This is an eloquently written, accessible book, based on a rich and diverse range of sources, that will find enthusiastic audiences in classrooms and in the general public.

Epprecht argues that Africans, just like people all over the world, have always had a range of sexualities and sexual identities. Over the course of the last two centuries, however, African societies south of the Sahara have come to be viewed as singularly heterosexual. Epprecht carefully traces the many routes by which this singularity, this heteronormativity, became a dominant culture. A fascinating story that will surely generate lively debate Epprecht makes his project speak to a range of literatures—queer theory, the new imperial history, African social history, queer and womens studies, and biomedical literature on the HIV/AIDS pandemic. He does this with a light enough hand that his story is not bogged down by endless references to particular debates.

Heterosexual Africa? aims to understand an enduring stereotype about Africa and Africans. It asks how Africa came to be defined as a “homosexual-free zone” during the colonial era, and how this idea not only survived the transition to independence but flourished under conditions of globalization and early panicky responses to HIV/AIDS.

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Western scientists and policy attributed the otherwise inexplicably rapid spread of AIDS among men and women in Africa, to the hyper-sexuality of Africans attested to since early colonial times, and a different strain of HIV than what infected gay and bisexual men in the West. The problem is not so much that the answer is wrong and racist, says Epprecht (history and global development studies, Queen's U., Toronto), as that it harms struggles for sexual health and sexual rights in Africa and globally. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Heterosexual Africa? The History of an Idea from the Age of Exploration to the Age of AIDS builds from Marc Epprecht’s previous book, Hungochani (which focuses expli citly on same-sex desire in southern Africa) to explore the historical processes by which a singular, heterosexual identity for Africa was constructed—by anthropologists, ethnopsychologists, colonial officials, African elites, and most recently, health care workers seeking to address the HIV/AIDS pandemic. This is an eloquently written, accessible book, based on a rich and diverse range of sources, that will find enthusiastic audiences in classrooms and in the general public.

About the Author

Marc Epprecht is associate professor in the departments of history and global development studies at Queens University. He is the 2006 winner of the Canadian Association of African Studies Joel Gregory Prize for his book Hungochani: The History of a Dissident Sexuality in Southern Africa. In 2009 he won the Desmond Tutu Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Study of Sexuality in Africa.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780821417997
Author:
Epprecht, Marc
Publisher:
Ohio University Press
Subject:
Modern - 20th Century
Subject:
Africa - General
Subject:
Diseases - AIDS & HIV
Subject:
AIDS (Disease)
Subject:
History
Subject:
Gay Studies
Subject:
Lesbian Studies
Subject:
Africa Social life and customs.
Subject:
Africa Politics and government.
Subject:
Africa
Subject:
Gay and Lesbian-General
Edition Description:
1
Series:
New African Histories
Publication Date:
20080931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.6 in

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Heterosexual Africa? The History of an Idea from the Age of Exploration to the Age of AIDS builds from Marc Epprecht’s previous book, Hungochani (which focuses expli citly on same-sex desire in southern Africa) to explore the historical processes by which a singular, heterosexual identity for Africa was constructed—by anthropologists, ethnopsychologists, colonial officials, African elites, and most recently, health care workers seeking to address the HIV/AIDS pandemic. This is an eloquently written, accessible book, based on a rich and diverse range of sources, that will find enthusiastic audiences in classrooms and in the general public.

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