Exploring black lesbian sexualities and identities in Johannesburg

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dc.contributor.author Matebeni, Zethu
dc.date.accessioned 2011-07-07T08:25:42Z
dc.date.available 2011-07-07T08:25:42Z
dc.date.issued 2011-07-07
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10539/10274
dc.description PhD, Faculty of Humanities, University of the Witwatersrand, 2011 en_US
dc.description.abstract Exploring black lesbian sexualities and identities is a multifaceted in-­‐depth ethnographic study of black urban lesbian life in contemporary South Africa. This study, which focuses on lesbian women aged between 17 and 40 years, reads the term lesbian as both a political and a theoretical project. It speaks to current concerns, which raise questions related to the politics of inclusion/exclusion, love, sexuality, identity politics, violence, style and urban space while sensitively giving agency to women’s narratives. In many ways, it enriches and challenges conventional gay and lesbian studies and studies on sexuality in Africa by bringing meaning to the complex interplay between space, style, erotic practice and sexuality. It further illustrates the flexible practices and variable notions of sex, sexuality and gender categories. At the same time it tackles the precarious and painful position of black lesbian women whose lives are an ongoing maneuvering and negotiation between a potentially hostile or violent environment and a country with constitutional protections. The political and theoretical imperative of the study is evident in the representations of black lesbians as occupying subject positions in which they determine the structures and meanings of their lives. Their narratives show that they inhabit the world actively, not only as victims or in relation to others, but also as conscious subjects that make meanings of their lives: subjects who are actively and critically engaging with the world we inhabit. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject lesbian en_US
dc.subject sexuality en_US
dc.subject ethnography en_US
dc.subject space en_US
dc.subject identity en_US
dc.subject style en_US
dc.subject erotic practice en_US
dc.subject queer en_US
dc.subject violence en_US
dc.subject sexual pleasure en_US
dc.title Exploring black lesbian sexualities and identities in Johannesburg en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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