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By Robert M. Buffington, Eithne Luibhéid, Donna J. Guy

A worldwide background of Sexuality presents a provocative, wide-ranging advent to the heritage of sexuality from the overdue eighteenth century to the current day.


  • Explores what sexuality has intended within the daily lives of people during the last 2 hundred years
  • Organized round 4 significant issues: the formation of sexual identification, the rules of sexuality through societal norms, the legislation of sexuality through associations, and the intersection of sexuality with globalization
  • Examines the subject from a comparative, international standpoint, with well-chosen case reports to light up the wider themes
  • Includes interdisciplinary contributions from popular historians, sociologists, anthropologists, and sexuality reports scholars
  • Introduces very important theoretical ideas in a transparent, available way

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Political mobilization, beginning with the 1976 Soweto uprising, brought some acceptance for skesana-identified boys and their female counterparts. Interviewed several years later, Linda remembered that: when the time came to go and march they wanted all the boys and girls to join in. ” But then they said they didn’t mind and we would go to march in drag. Even the straight boys would wear drag. You could wear what you liked. (McLean and Ngcobo 1995, p. 180) The timing was propitious for “gay” township participants because the Soweto uprising—initiated by black high-school students protesting the introduction of Afrikaans as a principal language of instruction—centered issues of black identity and resistance to reactionary state-imposed cultural symbols.

Racial hierarchies was integral to the entrenchment of Jim Crow segregation after 34 Sabine Frühstück Reconstruction and the rise of Sinophobia and anti-Asian discrimination, and it helped to rationalize colonial ventures in Latin America and the Pacific” (2005, p. 13). Although genocidal Nazi eugenic policies during World War II discredited a field tainted by what critics have called “scientific racism,” researchers working in the newly christened field of “social biology” turned toward genetic marital counseling at home and “retooled eugenics with the export of Western-led modernization to the Third World” (Stern 2005, p.

The provision that immediately follows prohibits discrimination by persons on these same grounds; the next requires that national legislation “be enacted to prevent or prohibit unfair discrimination” (Republic of South Africa 1996). ” And, when Parliament neglected to pass a law allowing same-sex couples to marry, a Constitutional Court ruling on the 2005 Minister of Home Affairs v. Fourie case ordered legislators to remedy the situation (Constitutional Court of South Africa 2005). In response to the court order, Parliament passed the 2006 Civil Union Act and South Africa became the second country outside Western Europe (after Canada) to legalize same-sex marriage.

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