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New Directions in Ethnography #2: Allah Made Us: Sexual Outlaws in an Islamic African Cityby Rudolf Gaudio
Synopses & Reviews
In the Hausa-speaking region of northern Nigeria, Shari'a or Islamic law, requires strict separation of the sexes and different rules of behavior for women and men in virtually every facet of life. Allah Made Us: Sexual Outlaws in an Islamic African City is about the men who break those rules. Based on extensive ethnographic fieldwork in the ancient Islamic city-state of Kano, Allah Made Us analyzes the social experiences and expressive culture of ‘yan daudu (feminine men in Nigerian Hausaland) in relation to local, national, and global debates over gender and sexuality at the turn of the twenty-first century. Rudolf Gaudio explores how ‘yan daudu use language, their bodies and other media (including food, clothing, and video) to ‘play’ with what it means to be male and female.
In this innovative text, cultural anthropologist and linguist Rudolf Gaudio offers not only a rich and highly engrossing ethnographic account of these sexual outlaws, but also provides those readers with little background in linguistic anthropology, cultural anthropology, and queer studies a primer to key concepts by presenting a range of sophisticated ideas in an accessible manner.
Book News Annotation:
Gaudio (anthropology, State U. of New York at Purchase) explores the social practices of Nigeria's yan daudu, "feminine men" occupying a social niche that is perhaps analogous to but not exactly the same as gay men in the USA and other Western societies. He describes their social practices as claims to and performances of cultural citizenship that challenge the notion that Islamic or African culture is inherently hostile to or devoid of gender and sexual minorities, as well as the idea that "modern" and "global" constructions of gender and sexuality are inevitably based on Euro-American models. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
A rich and engrossing account of 'sexual outlaws' in the Hausa-speaking region of northern Nigeria, where Islamic law requires strict separation of the sexes and different rules of behavior for women and men in virtually every facet of life.
About the Author
Rudolf P. Gaudio is Associate Professor of Anthropology at SUNY, Purchase, where he teaches courses in African, media and performance studies.
Table of Contents
List of Figures viii
Notes on Orthography, Translation and Transcription xiii
1 Introducing 'Yan Daudu 1
2 People of the Bariki 29
3 Out in the Open 61
4 Women's Talk, Men's Secrets 89
5 Playing with Faith 117
6 Men on Film 143
7 Lost and Found in Translation 175
Epilogue: May God Keep a Secret 196
Glossary of Hausa terms 206
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