African Masculinities

Men in Africa from the Late Nineteenth Century to the Present

  • Lahoucine Ouzgane
  • Robert Morrell

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. African Masculinities: An Introduction

    1. Robert Morrell, Lahoucine Ouzgane
      Pages 1-20
  3. Interpreting Masculinities

  4. Representing Masculinities

  5. Constructing Masculinities

  6. Contesting Masculinities

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 305-308

About this book


While masculinity studies enjoys considerable growth in the West, there is very little analysis of African masculinities. This volume explores what it means for an African to be masculine and how male identity is shaped by cultural forces. The editors believe that to tackle the important questions in Africa-the many forms of violence (wars, genocides, familial violence and crime) and the AIDS pandemic-it is necessary to understand how a combination of a colonial past, patriarchal cultural structures and a variety of religious and knowledge systems creates masculine identities and sexualities. The work done in the book particularly bears in mind how vulnerability and marginalization produce complex forms of male identity. The book is interdisciplinary and is the first in-depth and comprehensive study of African men as a gendered category.


Africa AIDS gender identity knowledge misogyny Nation politics poverty transformation violence women

Editors and affiliations

  • Lahoucine Ouzgane
    • 1
  • Robert Morrell
    • 2
  1. 1.University of AlbertaCanada
  2. 2.University of KwaZulu-NatalDurbanSouth Africa

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