Ambiguous pleasures [electronic resource] : sexuality and middle class self-perceptions in Nairobi / Rachel Spronk
- Spronk, Rachel
- New York : Berghahn Books, 2012.
- Physical Description:
- xi, 310 p. ; 24 cm.
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- Acknowledgements -- Introduction -- Hip and ambitious in Nairobi -- Conceiving sexuality -- Interfaces of pleasure and anxiety -- Structure of the book -- The study of sexuality -- Sexuality research in Kenya -- Health approaches to sexuality -- Sexuality research in the context of AIDS in Africa -- The dynamics of sexuality: the focus of this study -- Anthropology and sexuality -- The social construction of sexuality, and its limits -- Sex as embodied experience -- Historicising sexuality -- Methodological aspects of sexuality research -- Researching sex and sexuality: research places and practices -- Researching sex and sexuality: collection and validity of data -- An unmarried with partner, non-Kenyan, white female young professional -- Young professionals: emblems of social transformation -- Sexuality and societal transformations -- Gender and sexuality in colonial times -- Gender and sexuality in postcolonial times -- Social transformation and moral anxiety -- The young and ambitious in Nairobi -- Classifying young professionals -- Hesitations about ethnicity and issues of belonging -- Living independently and single -- Nightlife and dating -- Young urban professionals and the formation of a contemporary identity -- Explorers of a modern identity -- Young professionals' position towards customary ways of living -- 'Westernization' -- Africanness -- Conclusion -- Society in flames: sexuality in the context of AIDS -- AIDS as a context of life -- Africanist perspectives on AIDS and sexuality -- Policies of the government and nongovernmental organizations -- The definition of 'risk groups' -- The medicalization of sexuality -- Christian perceptions of AIDS and sexuality -- The remoralization of sexuality -- Sexuality and contemporary lifestyles -- AIDS as the disease of 'immorality' -- The public emergence of the intimate -- Intimacy as part of lifestyle -- Conclusion -- Ambiguous pleasures: sexual desire, career, and femininity -- Female sexuality in Nairobi, Kenya and beyond -- Pamela, Martha, Njeri, Tayiani and Dorcas -- The importance of dating -- 'Playing hard to get' -- To give and to receive sexual pleasure -- Chastity and the realization of sexual pleasure -- Boundaries of sexual pleasure -- Between sexual allure and limited availability -- Appropriating sexual pleasure -- Sexual pleasure and conventional expectations -- Communicating ambiguity -- Embodying transformations -- Conclusion -- Ambiguous pleasures: sex, riches and masculinity -- Male sexuality in Nairobi society, Kenya and beyond -- Alex, Eric, Tom, Maurice and Ongeri -- Men's sexual debut -- Circumcision as constitutive to masculinity -- Sex as a skill-being a 'good lover' -- Love in relation to sexual drive -- Sex and having 'arrived' -- Moving between sexual prowess and restrained potency -- Sexual desire as a physical craving -- Balancing too much and too little sex -- The waning dominant patriarchal ideology -- Accommodating change -- Conclusion -- Sign of the times: media and the therapeutic ethos of romantic love -- Romantic love and the twin spheres of consumption and mass media -- Representing romantic love: films, television and advertisements -- Television -- Advertising -- The privileging of the image -- The manifestations of romantic love: music -- Practicing romantic love: dating -- Practices of mediation: magazines -- The therapeutic discourse on relationships -- Sign of the times: imaginations and practices of romantic love versus 'Westernization', or the perils of modernity -- Conclusion -- Conclusion: sexuality and its ambiguous pleasures -- Researching sexuality in Africa -- The pleasures and anxieties of sexuality -- Middle-class lifestyles and self-perceptions -- Sex and sophistication - self and embodiment.
- 9780857454782 (hardback : alk. paper)
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references (p. -302) and index.
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