How Moral Panics about Sexual and Gender Diversity Help Reshape Local Traditions in Ghana

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An Overwhelming Consensus? How Moral Panics about Sexual and Gender Diversity Help Reshape Local Traditions in Ghana

In June 2021, the Ghanaian parliament introduced a bill to criminalise LGBT* people and their advocates. The bill’s supporters are working to create a movement that equates belonging to the nation with heterosexual culture. Local peoples, identities, expressions and desires that fall outside heteronormativity are thus seen as alien and existential threats to the nation. This paper shows how the desire to repress these social categories makes them visible through the public debates that actors provoke. The stated impetus to moblise is the anti-colonial pursuit to protect “Ghanaian family values”. Yet, these are evidently shaped by Christian ideologies, historically disseminated through colonisation. The bill’s supporters attempt to secure a monopoly on truth in debates by producing new discourses on targeted minorities, while (re)defining “tradition,” “culture” and “values”.

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Editors:

Patrick Awondo, Emmanuelle Bouilly, Marième N’Diaye

Publisher:

Editions Karthala, Politique africaine 2022/4 (n° 168) «L’anti-genre en Afrique. Une catégorie globale en pratiques», pp. 75-94

Languages:

English

City:

Paris

Year:

2022

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Research labels:

Sexual orientation
Gender identities
Politics

Subjects:

Gender Studies, Cultural Anthropology, Social Anthropology, Sociology

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