Author/Editor: Charmaine Pereira
New Pb 272 pp.
Subject: Gender & Sexuality,Development
Changing Narratives of Sexuality examines the tensions and
contradictions in constructions of gender, sexuality and women's
empowerment in the various narrations of sexuality told by and about
women. From storytelling to women's engagement with state institutions,
stories of unmarried women and ageing women, a sex scandal and
narrations of religious influence on women's subjectivities and
sexualities, this impressive collection explores sexuality in a wide
range of national contexts in the global South. The authors analyse what
scope exists for women to subvert repressive norms and conceptions of
heterosexuality, interweaving rich, contextual detail with theoretical
'This is an exciting book that is actively seeking to change
narratives of women's embodied sexual lives. While candidly revealing
the contradictions and tensions it also celebrates women's ability to
transcend boundaries and normative prescriptions of sexualities in
Dr Wendy Harcourt, Associate Professor of Critical Development and Feminist Studies, ISS, Erasmus University
'This is a refreshingly authentic collection, by and about inspiring women, from diverse contexts and cultures of the world. Accounts of sexualities, political repressions and women's agencies are woven together to provoke, fascinate, challenge and stimulate. This is a most welcome, timely and valuable publication, which deserves a wide readership - not least among policy makers. Kudos to all its contributors.'
Dr Alice Welbourn, Founding Director of the Salamander Trust
'What a rich tapestry of feminist analyses of sexuality and gender! This genuinely transnational collection is for those seeking to explore the changing configurations of power and heteronormativity, but also the possibilities of women's agency and action from the angle of the Global South. A wonderful resource for scholars, activists, and students.'
Jyoti Puri, Professor of Sociology, Simmons College, Boston
'Uncovering both the differences and the continuities in discourses around women's sexualities, emerging from varied geographical perspectives, these insightful accounts are an excellent critical contribution to research into gender and sexualities in the global South.'
Dr Helen Scanlon, Head of Gender Studies, University of Cape Town, South Africa
Table of Contents
Introduction: Changing Narratives of Sexuality - Charmaine Pereira
Part I Negotiating Desire?
1 Rewriting Desire as Empowerment in the Women and Memory Forum’s Storytelling Project - Mona I. Ali
2 Islam in Urban Bangladesh: Changing Worldviews and Reconfigured Sexuality - Samia Huq
3 Loving and Fearing: Township Girls’ Agency amidst Sexual Risk - Deevia Bhana
Part II Body Politics and Sexualities
4 Reporting Anita: Nudity in Nigerian Newspapers - Charmaine Pereira and Bibi Bakare-Yusuf
5 Ageing Women and the Culture of Eternal Youth: Personal and Theoretical Reflections from a Feminist over Sixty in Brazil - Cecilia M. B. Sardenberg
6 Unmarried in Palestine: Embodiment and (Dis)Empowerment in the Lives of Single Palestinian Women - Penny Johnson
Part III Changing Institutions?
7 Narratives of Egyptian Marriages - Mulki Al-Sharmani
8 Gender and Sexuality Activism in Beijing: Negotiating International Influences and National and Local Processes - Susie Jolly
About the Editor
Charmaine Pereira is a feminist scholar-activist who has worked extensively on the themes of feminist thought and practice, sexuality, gender and university education, and civil society and the state. Based in Abuja, she coordinates the Initiative for Women’s Studies in Nigeria (IWSN), which strengthens capacity for teaching and research in gender and women’s studies. As IWSN national coordinator, Pereira has developed and led programmes on the politics of sexual harassment and sexual violence in universities, gender justice and women’s citizenship, and women’s empowerment. She is the author of Gender in the Making of the Nigerian University System (2007) and co-editor of Jacketed Women: Qualitative Research Methodologies on Sexualities and Gender in Africa (2013).
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