This two-volume Handbook provides a major thematic overview of global sexualities, spanning each of the continents, and its study, which is both reflective and prospective, and includes traditional approaches and emerging themes. The Handbook offers a robust theoretical underpinning and critical outlook on current global, glocal, and 'new' sexualities and practices, whilst offering an extensive reflection on current challenges and future directions of the field. The broad coverage of topics engages with a range of theories, and maintains a multi-disciplinary framework. PART ONE: Understanding Sexuality: Epistemologies/Conceptual and Methodological Challenges; PART TWO: Enforcing and Challenging Sexual Norms; PART THREE: Interrogating/Undoing Sexual Categories; PART FOUR: Enhancement Practices and Sexual Markets/Industries; PART FIVE: Sexual Rights and Citizenship (And the Governance of Sexuality); PART SIX: Sexuality and Social Movements; and PART SEVEN: Language and Cultural Representation.

Queering the Postcolony: Same-Sex Desire and Xhosa Culture in Postcolonial South Africa

Queering the Postcolony: Same-Sex Desire and Xhosa Culture in Postcolonial South Africa

Queering the postcolony: same-sex desire and Xhosa culture in postcolonial South Africa
Lwando Scott


In postcolonial discourse in South Africa, indeed Africa, people with same-sex desires remain on the periphery of society. In foregrounding the controversy over the film Inxeba (The Wound) directed by Trengove (2017), this chapter demonstrates that the omission of queer lives from postcolonial discourse by South African and other scholars is a narrow reading of the postcolony. This chapter further argues that a more nuanced and elevated understanding of postcolonial complexities as demonstrated by Frantz Fanon (1963), Homi Bhabha (1994), and Achille Mbembe (2001) unlocks the potential power and freedoms of self-expression and self-invention for ...

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