Silencing youth sexuality in Senegal: intersections of medicine and morality

Crossouard, Barbara, Dunne, Máiréad and Durrani, Naureen (2019) Silencing youth sexuality in Senegal: intersections of medicine and morality. Gender and Education, 31 (2). pp. 153-170. ISSN 0954-0253

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This article reports on recent research funded by international development actors which explored how Senegalese youth acted as ‘active citizens’ and claimed their education and sexual and reproductive health (SRH) rights. Our analysis is framed by a review of contemporary international development discourses that seem to offer fertile possibilities for more plural understandings of sexuality. After describing the research methodology and methods, we draw on post-structural theory to analyse the discourses youth deployed to talk about sex and their sexualities. Rather than a source of pleasure, youth’s talk of sex and sexuality was dominated by discourses of morality and medicine, in ways that sustained a heteronormative gender regime permeated by entrenched hegemonic masculinities. We conclude that rather than the fertile possibilities identified in our opening review, the SRH lens re-inscribed a negative framing of sexuality which was compounded by both family and religious norms.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Post-structural theory, citizenship, Sub-Saharan Africa, heteronormativity, youth culture
Schools and Departments: School of Education and Social Work > Education
Subjects: L Education
Depositing User: Deeptima Massey
Date Deposited: 13 Feb 2017 10:15
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2020 14:58

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