Men and Masculinities in Modern Africa (Social History of Africa Series)

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This collection is the first to analyze the concepts and issues involved in exploring African men and the constructions of masculinity in sub-Saharan Africa. Major themes include men as gendered actors, the social construction of masculinity, masculinity as a relational category, and hegemonic and subordinate masculinities.

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Lisa Lindsay is Professor in the Department of History, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Stephan F. Miescher is Professor in the Department of History, University of California, Santa Barbara.

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“For those interested in the latest work on African masculinities, this is the book. Well edited and organized, the essays are filled with historical detail and are carefully nuanced. Context is always fundamental for historians, of course, and these essays are no exception. In the afterword, Luise White throws up her hands, despairs of generalization, and writes of the "sanctioned untidiness to masculinity in Africa." Indeed, the book includes her brilliant early essay on the complexity of gender relations amongst the Mau Mau, which is unique and remains a model for us all....What is truly fascinating about the cases in this book is that they demonstrate the men's gendered identities change over time in contexts of conflict and collaboration and in relation to larger historical developments.”–Men and Masculinities

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