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Title:Law, circumcision and gendered sexuality in eastern Uganda and western Kenya
Author:Ssali, Sarah N.ISNI
Year:2009
Periodical:East African Journal of Peace and Human Rights
Volume:15
Issue:1
Pages:128-157
Language:English
Geographic terms:Kenya
Uganda
Subjects:circumcision
gender roles
customary law
criminal law
sexuality
Gisu
Kalenjin
Abstract:This paper reviews the relationship between the law, circumcision and the gendered dimensions of sexual behaviour. In order to examine this relationship, research was conducted among the Bagisu and the Sabiny in Mbale and Kapchorwa Districts of eastern Uganda and the Sabaot of Mt. Elgon District of western Kenya in 2006-2007. The research setting was characterized by a dual legal system, specifically customary and statutory law. The paper sets out to examine how the cultural practice of circumcision constructs masculine and feminine identities and subsequently, how it affects sexual behaviour among the Bagisu, Sabiny and Sabaot. Specifically, it examines the legal regime pertaining to circumcision; the origin and nature of the practice; any historical changes; and the extent to which circumcision constructs gender identities and the subsequent sexual behaviour of males and females in these communities. Notes, ref., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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