It couldn’t be anything innocent - Negotiating gender in patriarchal-racial spaces

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Title It couldn’t be anything innocent - Negotiating gender in patriarchal-racial spaces
Author(s) Kirkegaard, Ane M. Ø.
Date 2007
Editor(s) Muchemwa, Kizito Z.; Muponde, Robert
English abstract
This contribution focuses on the common patriarchal construction of masculinity and the similarities in discourses on sexuality among black and white Zimbabweans. It is based on field work in Zimbabwe in 1998 and 2000, and the core of the text will be quotations from interviews with black and white Zimbabwean women and men. The point of departure is that current Zimbabwean patriarchal structures and masculinities must be understood, not as particular to separate ethnicities (in this case ‘European’ and ‘African’) but rather as expressions of common historical interests, which effectuated the interweaving of discourses and practices among colonised and colonising men. In other words, contemporary masculinities are not racialised but form a common narrative background against which women are struggling to negotiate space in their intimate relations with men. The theoretical framework will be constructed around the argument that Zimbabwean masculinities have been formed as a consequence of colonialism, and that white and black masculinities have many similarities, which are often 'blurred' through gendered and racialised discourses of difference.
Publisher Weaver Press
Host/Issue Manning the Nation: Father figures in Zimbabwean Literature and Society
Pages 11
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) masculinity
'race'
gender
whiteness
colonialism
post-colonial
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Research Subject Categories::HUMANITIES and RELIGION
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/5241 (link to this page)

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