Queer Kinship: South African Perspectives on the Sexual Politics of Family-making and Belonging

Queer Kinship: South African Perspectives on the Sexual Politics of Family-making and Belonging
Queer Kinship: South African Perspectives on the Sexual Politics of Family-making and Belonging

Queer Kinship: South African Perspectives on the Sexual Politics of Family-making and Belonging

What makes kinship queer? This collection from leading and emerging thinkers in gender and sexualities interrogates the politics of belonging, shining a light on the outcasts, rebels, and pioneers. Queer Kinship brings together an array of thought-provoking perspectives on what it means to love and be loved, to ‘do family’ and to belong in the South African context.

Detailed Information

  • Title: Queer Kinship: South African Perspectives on the Sexual Politics of Family-making and Belonging
  • Editors: Tracy Morison, Ingrid Lynch & Vasu Reddy
  • Publisher: UNSA Press
  • Country of Origin: South Africa
  • Publication Year: 2018
  • ISBN: 9781868889846
  • Bib. Info: Paperback; 210pp

What makes kinship queer? This collection from leading and emerging thinkers in gender and sexualities interrogates the politics of belonging, shining a light on the outcasts, rebels, and pioneers. Queer Kinship brings together an array of thought-provoking perspectives on what it means to love and be loved, to ‘do family’ and to belong in the South African context.

The collection includes a number of different topic areas, disciplinary approaches, and theoretical lenses on familial relations, reproduction, and citizenship. The text amplifies the voices of those who are bending, breaking, and remaking the rules of being and belonging. Photo-essays and artworks offer moving glimpses into the new life worlds being created in and among the ‘normal’ and the mundane.

Taken as a whole, this text offers a critical and intersectional perspective that addresses some important gaps in the scholarship on kinship and families. Queer Kinship makes an innovative contribution to international studies in kinship, gender, and sexualities. It will be a valuable resource to scholars, students, and activists working in these areas.

Tracy Morison lectures in the School of Psychology, Massey University (New Zealand) and is an Honorary  Research Associate at Rhodes University (South Africa). Tracy’s research interests are in genders and sexualities, sexual and reproductive health, critical feminist theory, and qualitative methodologies.

Ingrid Lynch is a senior research specialist at the Human Sciences Research Council and an Honorary Research Associate at Rhodes University (South Africa). Her areas of research interest include genders and sexualities; feminist approaches to researching sexual- and gender-based violence, and sexual and reproductive health and rights.

Vasu Reddy is a Professor of Sociology, and Dean of the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. His research interests are genders, sexualities, HIV/AIDS, inequalities and social justice.

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