Exploring queerphobic geographies in Southern Africa

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dc.date.accessioned 2022-08-17T12:58:03Z
dc.date.available 2022-08-17T12:58:03Z
dc.date.issued 2020-07-10 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/15334
dc.description.abstract Space in Southern African countries is continuously constructed as heterosexual, putting queer individuals at risk of violence. This paper explores the experiences of queer men and transwomen in spaces that they have identified as queerphobic and violent in South Africa and Namibia. In an effort to locate geographies of queerphobic violence, the paper focuses on how queer men and transwomen are prone to both implicit and explicit violence in these spaces. It uses queer geographies as an analytical framework and analyses a subset of qualitative data with 109 partnered queer individuals and 27 queer couples. Our analysis revealed a plethora of spaces that were identified as queerphobic. The data is presented under three major themes: Intersectionality of queerphobia and space; queerphobic and unsafe spaces; and adjustment to self when navigating queerphobic spaces. Spaces identified included participants homes, immediate communities (mostly rural and township areas), public areas (such as police stations and healthcare centres), roads and local transport areas, shopping areas and places of worship. We found that in order to navigate these spaces, queer participants had to remould themselves both in dress and performance. While decriminalisation is a key agenda for Namibia, social attitude change and challenges to heterosexuality are necessary in both Namibia and South Africa. Further empirical work is needed to understand how queer people locate, use and express their identities in these violent and homophobic spaces. en
dc.format.medium Print en
dc.subject VIOLENCE en
dc.subject HOMOPHOBIA en
dc.title Exploring queerphobic geographies in Southern Africa en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.description.version Y en
dc.ProjectNumber N/A en
dc.Volume May en
dc.BudgetYear 2020/21 en
dc.ResearchGroup Human and Social Capabilities en
dc.ResearchGroup Impact Centre en
dc.SourceTitle Agenda: Empowering Women for Gender Equity en
dc.ArchiveNumber 11407 en
dc.PageNumber Online en
dc.outputnumber 10578 en
dc.bibliographictitle Ngidi, N.D., Ramphalile, M., Essack, Z. & Van Rooyen, H. (2020) Exploring queerphobic geographies in Southern Africa. Agenda: Empowering Women for Gender Equity. May:Online. http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/15334 en
dc.publicationyear 2020 en
dc.contributor.author1 Ngidi, N.D. en
dc.contributor.author2 Ramphalile, M. en
dc.contributor.author3 Essack, Z. en
dc.contributor.author4 Van Rooyen, H. en

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