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Title:Southern Africa: As Seen through Sexuality, Mobility and Citizenship
Author:Klaaren, Jonathan
Periodical:African Sociological Review (ISSN 1027-4332)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Southern Africa
South Africa
gender roles
legal status
Law, Human Rights and Violence
Urbanization and Migration
Labor and Employment
Health and Nutrition
Migration, Internal
Sexual orientation
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/afrisocirevi.9.2.168
Abstract:This paper examines some of the contemporary ways in which gender issues interact with understandings of citizenship in Southern Africa, particularly South Africa and Zimbabwe. The first part presents an overview of some recent legal developments in Southern Africa which are relevant to sex and citizenship, arguing that there are two currents to explore. First, within the past several years, the South African Constitutional Court has decided a significant line of cases around sexual orientation, a line of cases that finds resonance in legislative developments as well. Second, a number of South African court cases have drawn on less innovative administrative law or constitutional law doctrinal points to also push the boundaries of national immigration and citizenship laws. The second part places these legal developments within the current regional understanding of a changing dimension of citizenship that allows for diverse sexual self understandings if practised within permanent partnerships. This part recognizes two assumptions: first, that mobility drives the development of citizenship and, second, that Southern Africa is itself an integrated labour market. Finally, the paper explores the degree to which sexual relationships may underpin this regional citizenship. Bibliogr., notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]