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Title:Knowing Women: Same-Sex Intimacy, Gender, and Identity in Postcolonial Ghana
Author:Dankwa, Serena OwusuaISNI
Chapter(s):Present
Year:2021
Pages:318
Language:English
Series:African Identities: Past and Present
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
ISBN:9781108863575
Geographic term:Ghana
Subjects:homosexuality
lesbianism
External link:https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108863575
Abstract:Knowing Women is a study of same-sex desire in West Africa, which explores the lives and friendships of working-class women in southern Ghana who are intimately involved with each other. Based on in-depth research of the life histories of women in the region, Serena O. Dankwa highlights the vibrancy of everyday same-sex intimacies that have not been captured in a globally pervasive language of sexual identity. Paying close attention to the women's practices of self-reference, Dankwa refers to them as 'knowing women' in a way that both distinguishes them from, and relates them to categories such as lesbian or supi, a Ghanaian term for female friend. In doing so, this study is not only a significant contribution to the field of global queer studies in which both women and Africa have been underrepresented, but a starting point to further theorize the relation between gender, kinship, and sexuality that is key to queer, feminist, and postcolonial theories.
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