In recent years, scholarly interest in love has flourished. Historians have addressed the rise of romantic love and marriage in Europe and the United States, while anthropologists have explored the ways globalization has reshaped local ideas about those same topics. Yet, love in Africa has been peculiarly ignored, resulting in a serious lack of understanding about this vital element of social life—a glaring omission given the intense focus on sexuality in Africa in the wake of HIV/AIDS.
Love in Africa seeks both to understand this failure to consider love and to begin to correct it. In a substantive introduction and eight essays that examine a variety of countries and range in time from the 1930s to the present, the contributors collectively argue for the importance of paying attention to the many different cultural and historical strands that constitute love in Africa. Covering such diverse topics as the reception of Bollywood movies in 1950s Zanzibar, the effects of a Mexican telenovela on young people’s ideas about courtship in Niger, the models of romance promoted by South African and Kenyan magazines, and the complex relationship between love and money in Madagascar and South Africa, Love in Africa is a vivid and compelling look at love’s role in African society.
|Publisher:||University of Chicago Press|
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About the Author
Jennifer Cole is associate professor of comparative human development at the University of Chicago and the author of Forget Colonialism? Sacrifice and the Art of Memory. Lynn M. Thomas is associate professor of history at the University of Washington and the author of Politics of the Womb: Women, Reproduction, and the State in Kenya.
Table of Contents
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Thinking through Love in Africa
Lynn M. Thomas and Jennifer Cole
Love, Sex, and the Modern Girl in 1930s Southern Africa
Lynn M. Thomas
Making Love in the Indian Ocean: Hindi Films, Zanzibari Audiences, and the
Construction of Romance in the 1950s and 1960s
“Dear Dolly’s” Advice: Representations of Youth, Courtship, and Sexualities in Africa, 1960–1980
Love, Money, and Economies of Intimacy in Tamatave, Madagascar
Providing Love: Sex and Exchange in Twentieth-Century South Africa
Managing Men, Marriage, and Modern Love: Women’s Perspectives on Intimacy and Male Infidelity in Southeastern Nigeria
Daniel Jordan Smith
Media and the Therapeutic Ethos of Romantic Love in Middle-Class Nairobi
Lessons from Rubí: Love, Poverty, and the Educational Value of Televised Dramas in Niger
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