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Narrative Landscapes of Female Sexuality in Africa

Collective Stories of Trauma and Transition

Authors: van Schalkwyk, Samantha

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  • Enriches contemporary scholarship on gender and sexualities, post-conflict reconstruction and culturally-relevant research methodologies
  • Offers new insights for the study of women’s agency in Africa
  • Will be of interest to academics working in the field of gender-based violence, sexuality studies, and narrative research
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About this book

This book explores the textures of women’s narratives of patriarchal oppression of female sexuality. Postcolonial feminist scholars in Africa highlight the importance of moving beyond Westernised lenses of ‘African’ women’s powerlessness, towards a focus on women’s culturally-specific sexual agency. However, few studies explore women’s psychological experiences of sexual oppression/agency in real depth. Narrative Landscapes of Female Sexuality in Africa traces the narratives of heterosexual migrant women from Zimbabwe, Kenya and Congo. The book offers insight into women’s experiences ‘back home,’ travelling through border posts in Africa, and life in current post-apartheid South Africa. Through a unique collectively-based methodology and a feminist poststructuralist lens, the author examines narrative strategies used by the women to manage and psychologically resist harmful discourses surrounding female sexuality and women’s bodies. The book offers rich exploration of the intersections of gender and sexuality, class, race and citizenship situating the narratives within the wider context of poverty and migration in sub-Saharan Africa. These vectors of oppression are illuminated throughout the text via integrated threads of the researcher’s positionality in relation to the women narrators.

About the authors

Samantha van Schalkwyk is Senior Researcher in Historical Trauma & Transformation Studies at Stellenbosch University, South Africa. She has published in international peer-reviewed journals such as Feminism & Psychology and Violence against Women and is lead editor of the book A Reflexive Inquiry into Gender Research: Towards a New Paradigm of Knowledge Production.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)
  • Narrative Landscapes of Female Sexuality: Introduction

    Pages 1-17

    van Schalkwyk, Samantha

  • Patriarchal Oppression of Female Sexuality in Africa: Textures of Violence and Theorising Agency

    Pages 19-46

    van Schalkwyk, Samantha

  • Collective Biography: A New Chapter for Exploring Agency in the South African Context

    Pages 47-83

    van Schalkwyk, Samantha

  • Mubobobo: Memories of the Past, Metaphors for the Current Self

    Pages 85-112

    van Schalkwyk, Samantha

  • Crossing Borders in Africa: Collectively Narrating the ‘Foreigner’ Within

    Pages 113-136

    van Schalkwyk, Samantha

Buy this book

eBook $69.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-97825-3
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $89.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-97824-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $89.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-030-07411-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Narrative Landscapes of Female Sexuality in Africa
Book Subtitle
Collective Stories of Trauma and Transition
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-97825-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-97825-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-97824-6
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-07411-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 192
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