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New Directions in Ethnography #2: Allah Made Us: Sexual Outlaws in an Islamic African City

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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.

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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)

Synopsis:

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.
  • The first ethnographic study of sexual minorities in Africa, and one of very few works on sexual minorities in the Islamic world
  • Engagingly written, combining innovative, ethnographic narrative with analyses of sociolinguistic transcripts, historical texts, and popular media, including video, film, newspapers, and song-poetry
  • 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
  • Winner of the 2009 Ruth Benedict Prize in the category of "Outstanding Monograph"

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

Acknowledgments ix

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

Bibliography 210

Index 228

Product Details

ISBN:
9781405152525
Author:
Gaudio, Rudolf
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell
Author:
Gaudio, Rudolf P.
Author:
Gaudio, Rudolf Pell
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Sex role
Subject:
Sex customs
Subject:
Sexual minorities - Nigeria - Kano
Subject:
Prostitution - Nigeria - Kano
Subject:
Islamic Studies
Subject:
Men's Studies - General
Subject:
gay studies, queer, ethnography, gender, sexuality, sociolinguistics, Islam, Muslim, Hausa, Africa
Subject:
Anthropology of Gender & Sexuality
Subject:
anthropology;cultural anthropology
Subject:
gay studies, queer, ethnography, gende
Subject:
r, sexuality, sociolinguistics, Islam, Muslim, Hausa, Africa
Subject:
gay studies, queer, ethnography, gender, sexuality, soc
Subject:
iolinguistics, Islam, Muslim, Hausa, Africa
Copyright:
Series:
New Directions in Ethnography
Series Volume:
2
Publication Date:
May 2009
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.90x6.00x.80 in. .95 lbs.

Related Subjects

Fiction and Poetry » Anthologies » African Literature
Fiction and Poetry » Anthologies » International
History and Social Science » Anthropology » Cultural Anthropology
History and Social Science » Gender Studies » General
History and Social Science » Gender Studies » Mens Studies
History and Social Science » Geography » General
History and Social Science » Politics » General
History and Social Science » Sociology » Islamic Studies

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"Synopsis" by , 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.
  • The first ethnographic study of sexual minorities in Africa, and one of very few works on sexual minorities in the Islamic world
  • Engagingly written, combining innovative, ethnographic narrative with analyses of sociolinguistic transcripts, historical texts, and popular media, including video, film, newspapers, and song-poetry
  • 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
  • Winner of the 2009 Ruth Benedict Prize in the category of "Outstanding Monograph"
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