Gendered And Sexual Lives Of South African Youth - Young People's Stories Of Identity (Paperback)


Gendered and Sexual Lives of South African Youth: Young People’s Stories of Identity speaks to a gap in current work on South African youth – namely, the lack of a sustained gendered analysis of young people’s lives in the post-apartheid context. This lack has meant that opportunities to engage young people in discourses of equality and non-violence continue to be marginal. High rates of gendered and sexual violence fueled by continuing gendered inequalities, alongside its intersections with other forms of inequity, provide the impetus for the project. The book project showcases the work undertaken by the authors, who have employed participatory research methodologies with diverse groups of young people.

This research provides the opportunity to engage with youth in ways that depart significantly from moralistic and protectionist standpoints in relation to gender and sexuality, while enabling them to develop a critical consciousness about their gendered and sexual identifications and lives. The authors’ work explores young people’s experiences of and identifications with gender and sexuality and its intersections with other categories such as race, class, age, or place. It brings to the forefront the knowledge and expertise that young people have about their own experiences and lives, and the ways in which they might be able to live freely, equally and without violence.

The book will interest researchers and policymakers who seek to advance the interests of South African youth as well as mainstream readers who seek to expand their understanding of the topic.


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Gendered and Sexual Lives of South African Youth: Young People’s Stories of Identity speaks to a gap in current work on South African youth – namely, the lack of a sustained gendered analysis of young people’s lives in the post-apartheid context. This lack has meant that opportunities to engage young people in discourses of equality and non-violence continue to be marginal. High rates of gendered and sexual violence fueled by continuing gendered inequalities, alongside its intersections with other forms of inequity, provide the impetus for the project. The book project showcases the work undertaken by the authors, who have employed participatory research methodologies with diverse groups of young people.

This research provides the opportunity to engage with youth in ways that depart significantly from moralistic and protectionist standpoints in relation to gender and sexuality, while enabling them to develop a critical consciousness about their gendered and sexual identifications and lives. The authors’ work explores young people’s experiences of and identifications with gender and sexuality and its intersections with other categories such as race, class, age, or place. It brings to the forefront the knowledge and expertise that young people have about their own experiences and lives, and the ways in which they might be able to live freely, equally and without violence.

The book will interest researchers and policymakers who seek to advance the interests of South African youth as well as mainstream readers who seek to expand their understanding of the topic.

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