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Title:Sex, citizenship and the state in Nigeria: Islam, Christianity and emergent struggles over intimacy
Author:Obadare, EbenezerISNI
Year:2015
Periodical:Review of African Political Economy (ISSN 1740-1720)
Volume:42
Issue:143
Pages:62-76
Language:English
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:homosexuality
sexuality
citizenship
State
Islam
Christianity
Link:https://doi.org/10.1080/03056244.2014.988699
Abstract:In this article, the author uses the belligerence toward alternative sexualities in Nigeria as a point of departure for a critical appraisal of the terms of inclusion and exclusion in the country's body politic. This belligerence has thrown up a rare alliance of the state, religious leaders and the print media. Attributing this alliance to the postcolonial crisis over the functions of masculinisation and power, the author suggests that anti-gay resentment is a straw man for a ruling elite facing growing socio-economic pressure. This shunting-off of sexual 'others' from the terrain of publicaction has profound implications for the way modern Nigerian citizenship is understood. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]
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