African Masculinities: Men in Africa from the Late Nineteenth Century to the Present.
Article Type: Book review
Subject: Books (Book reviews)
Pub Date: 12/01/2007
Publication: Name: Sister Namibia Publisher: Sister Namibia Audience: Academic; General Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Social sciences; Women's issues/gender studies Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2007 Sister Namibia ISSN: 1026-9126
Issue: Date: Dec, 2007 Source Volume: 19 Source Issue: 5-6
Topic: NamedWork: African Masculinities: Men in Africa from the Late Nineteenth Century to the Present (Book)
Persons: Reviewee: Ouzgane, Lahoucine; Morrell, Robert
Accession Number: 176563167
Full Text: African Masculinities

Men in Africa from the Late Nineteenth Century to the Present

Edited by Lahoucine Ouzgane and Robert Morrell

Palgrave Macmillan--UKZN Press, 2005

While masculinity studies enjoys considerable growth in the west, there is very little analysis of African masculinities. This volume explores some of the many different meanings given to masculinity in various African settings, and how male identity is shaped by cultural forces. The editors believe that to tackle the important questions of Africa--the many forms of violence (wars, genocides, familial violence and crime) and the Aids pandemic--it is necessary to understand how a combination of a colonial past, patriarchal cultural structures and a variety of religious and knowledge systems creates masculine identities and sexualities. The work done in the book particularly bears in mind how vulnerability and marginalisation produce complex forms of male identity. The book is interdisciplinary and is the first in-depth and comprehensive study of African men as a gendered category.

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