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Before HIVSexuality, Fertility and Mortality in East Africa, 1900-1980$
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Shane Doyle

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780197265338

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197265338.001.0001

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Sexuality and Fertility in the Pre-Colonial Period

Sexuality and Fertility in the Pre-Colonial Period

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(p.31) 1 Sexuality and Fertility in the Pre-Colonial Period
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Before HIV
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Shane Doyle

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197265338.003.0002

This chapter challenges assumptions about the universalist traditions of African sexuality, by examining what is known about the sexual behaviour of Ankole, Buganda, and Buhaya before colonial rule. It demonstrates that while some similarities existed, this small geographical region was characterized in regard to sexuality and reproduction more by the diversity of its attitudes and practices in relation to pre-marital sexuality and pregnancy, wife-sharing, legitimate and illegitimate extra-marital sex, ritualized sex, the duration of breastfeeding, and ideal family size. These ethnic differences were shaped by locally distinct patterns of clanship, inheritance, marriage, and moral politics.

Keywords:   Ankole, Buganda, Buhaya, fertility, sexuality, breastfeeding, ethnicity, marriage

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