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Power relations in sexual agreements among male couples in southern Africa

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dc.date.accessioned 2021-02-09T15:18:49Z
dc.date.available 2021-02-09T15:18:49Z
dc.date.issued 2019-08-13 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/14288
dc.description.abstract Sexual agreements between same-sex practising men facilitate communication about health promotion activities, including HIV prevention. In African contexts, male couples negotiate their sexual agreements in relation to rigid cultural prescriptions about male power and privilege, intense hostility towards same-sex sexualities and persistent heterogendered socio-cultural norms. Yet the impact of such norms on relationship practices and HIV risk among male couples remains inadequately explored. This qualitative study examined the role of gendered power disparities in establishing sexual agreements among male couples in two Southern African contexts. Eighteen male couples completed in-depth interviews focused on relationship practices, including sexual agreements. The research employed critical social theory to analyse power relations and socio-cultural norms shaping male couples' explicit and implicit sexual agreements, with a focus on implications for HIV risk. The findings outline different types of and motivations for sexual agreements among male couples, including qualified non-monogamy with female partners only. The study illustrates how Southern African male-male sexual practices remain embedded in a cultural context favouring the replication of heteronormative sexual behaviours and relationship practices. These heterogendered norms impact negatively on the process of establishing explicit, mutually agreed-upon sexual agreements, and thus place male couples at increased risk for HIV. en
dc.format.medium Print en
dc.subject MEN en
dc.subject HOMOSEXUALITY en
dc.subject HIV/AIDS en
dc.subject COUPLES en
dc.title Power relations in sexual agreements among male couples in southern Africa en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.description.version Y en
dc.ProjectNumber PPYGSA en
dc.Volume July en
dc.BudgetYear 2019/20 en
dc.ResearchGroup Human and Social Development en
dc.SourceTitle Culture, Health & Sexuality en
dc.ArchiveNumber 10945 en
dc.PageNumber Online en
dc.outputnumber 10055 en
dc.bibliographictitle Essack, Z., Lynch, I., Kaunda, C., Stephenson, R., Darbes, L. & Van Rooyen, H. (2019) Power relations in sexual agreements among male couples in Southern Africa. <i>Culture, Health & Sexuality</i>. July:Online. http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/14288 en
dc.publicationyear 2019 en
dc.contributor.author1 Essack, Z. en
dc.contributor.author2 Lynch, I. en
dc.contributor.author3 Kaunda, C.J. en
dc.contributor.author4 Stephenson, R. en
dc.contributor.author5 Darbes, L. en
dc.contributor.author6 Van Rooyen, H. en

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