A balance of stories: a contemporary narrative of the social construction of heterosexuality within black South African families

Promovendus/a
Mphaphuli, Memory Mulalo Livhuwani
Faculteit
Faculteit Politieke en Sociale Wetenschappen
Vakgroep
Vakgroep Sociologie
Curriculum
Magister ARtium Sociology, University of Johannesburg, South Africa 2014
Academische graad
Doctor in de Sociologie
Taal proefschrift
Engels
Promotor(en)
Prof. Dr. Raf Vanderstraeten administratief promotor Ugent Sociologie\-\ Prof. Dr. Piet Bracke promotor Ugent Sociologie\
Examencommissie
Prof. Dr. Ronan Van Rossem voorzitter Ugent Sociologie\-\ Prof. Dr. Raf Vanderstraeten administratief promotor Ugent Sociologie\-\ Prof. Dr. Piet Bracke promotor Ugent Sociologie\-\ Prof. Dr. Peter Stevens Ugent Sociologie\-\ Prof. Dr. Katrien De Graeve Ugent Letteren en Wijsbegeerte\-\ Prof. Dr. Gabriele Griffin University of Uppsala\-\Prof. Dr. Sarah Bracke University of Amsterdam\

Korte beschrijving

“A balance of stories: a contemporary narrative of the social construction of heterosexuality within black South African families” By Memory Mphaphuli Based on ethnographic fieldwork conducted in rural KwaZulu Natal and the urban township of Soweto, in South Africa, this research project is concerned with the everyday lived experiences of heterosexuality as reflected on by men and women who make up black families. This dissertation is critical of the notion of a distinctive “African sexuality” characterised by sickness, disease and disorder and challenges many of the common ways in which (hetero)sexuality is understood and researched in South Africa. Instead, it argues for the problematisation of the taken-for-granted, unquestioned everyday practices located in societal discourses that influence heterosexuality as an institution. A conceptualisation of heterosexuality as an institution allowed for a focus on the cultural operations and social policing that makes heterosexuality seem ‘normal’ and thus raises questions about how heterosexuality organises the sexual lives of black men and women in a contemporary democratic South Africa. Using a critical sociological approach engaging with feminist theories and methodologies this study examines ordinary heterosexual life. Its impetus is everyday conversations which explore the organisation of heterosexual relationships. Over the last two decades there has been a lot of socio-political transformations that have impacted and reconstituted how families understand sexuality in decisive ways. Topics such as silence around sexuality, intimate sexual violence, love, respect, culture, blackness, ilobolo, marriage, pleasure and beliefs about being a good man or a woman permeated these conversations.

Praktisch

Datum
Maandag 27 september 2021, 14:00
Locatie
Auditorium Vandenhove (Paviljoen Charles Vandenhove), Rozier 1, 9000 Gent