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Årsagerne til homofobi i Afrika syd for Sahara

Jensen, Jakob LU (2011) SANK01 20111
Social Anthropology
Abstract
Homophobia is widespread in Sub-Saharan Africa. The causes of homophobia are
numerous and interconnected, but the main causes can be found in Africa’s colonial
history, and its influence on religion, gender roles and African leaders.
Christianity became widespread in Africa during the colonial era, and religion has
since played a major role in African societies and in the construction of homophobia.
African Christianity is hugely influenced by the colonial narrative, which states that
homosexuality is unnatural.
Colonialism has also had an impact on gender roles in Africa, which has contributed
to homophobia among the general population. African gender roles have increasingly
become a mixture of traditional and Western values, and... (More)
Homophobia is widespread in Sub-Saharan Africa. The causes of homophobia are
numerous and interconnected, but the main causes can be found in Africa’s colonial
history, and its influence on religion, gender roles and African leaders.
Christianity became widespread in Africa during the colonial era, and religion has
since played a major role in African societies and in the construction of homophobia.
African Christianity is hugely influenced by the colonial narrative, which states that
homosexuality is unnatural.
Colonialism has also had an impact on gender roles in Africa, which has contributed
to homophobia among the general population. African gender roles have increasingly
become a mixture of traditional and Western values, and especially African men have
had a hard time adjusting to the new roles by which they have experienced
emasculation. A part of the animosity towards homosexuality can be found in this
development. The more you distance yourself from homosexuality the more
masculine you appear, which is a way of regaining lost masculinity. It is furthermore
a tangible way of showing ones resistance towards Western values.
In general African leaders have a huge amount of authority. This in combination with
the fact that they are affected by the colonial past, means that they play a role in the
construction and stewarding of homophobia. (Less)
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Jensen, Jakob LU
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SANK01 20111
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M2 - Bachelor Degree
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Danish
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2152958
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@misc{2152958,
  abstract     = {Homophobia is widespread in Sub-Saharan Africa. The causes of homophobia are
numerous and interconnected, but the main causes can be found in Africa’s colonial
history, and its influence on religion, gender roles and African leaders.
Christianity became widespread in Africa during the colonial era, and religion has
since played a major role in African societies and in the construction of homophobia.
African Christianity is hugely influenced by the colonial narrative, which states that
homosexuality is unnatural.
Colonialism has also had an impact on gender roles in Africa, which has contributed
to homophobia among the general population. African gender roles have increasingly
become a mixture of traditional and Western values, and especially African men have
had a hard time adjusting to the new roles by which they have experienced
emasculation. A part of the animosity towards homosexuality can be found in this
development. The more you distance yourself from homosexuality the more
masculine you appear, which is a way of regaining lost masculinity. It is furthermore
a tangible way of showing ones resistance towards Western values.
In general African leaders have a huge amount of authority. This in combination with
the fact that they are affected by the colonial past, means that they play a role in the
construction and stewarding of homophobia.},
  author       = {Jensen, Jakob},
  language     = {dan},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Årsagerne til homofobi i Afrika syd for Sahara},
  year         = {2011},
}