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Strings AttachedAIDS and the Rise of Transnational Connections in Africa$
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Nadine Beckmann, Alessandro Gusman, and Catrine Shroff

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780197265680

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197265680.001.0001

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Global Moralities, Local Responses

Global Moralities, Local Responses

Interpreting Sexual Morality and Social Belonging in Uganda

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(p.79) 5 Global Moralities, Local Responses
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Strings Attached
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Joanna Sadgrove

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197265680.003.0005

Kampala is just one place where the AIDS pandemic has generated a plethora of contradictory codes for the sexual behaviour of young people, influenced by a range of transnational actors. Yet amidst the discursive complexities and possibilities, it remains a considerable concern for many to present as a ‘good’, ‘respectable’ person, signalling recourse to local, enduring notions of what constitutes honourable behaviour in Ganda society. Drawing on ethnographic data from a group of Pentecostal university students, this chapter explores the implications of the reification of moral character for the sexual behaviour of young born-again Christians. The critical importance of secrecy and discretion around sexual behaviour is revealed. Based on this evidence, I argue against the analytical dangers of assuming a direct relationship between what Pentecostal Christians might say about their sexual behaviour and their actual sexual behaviour. Please suggest 5–10 keywords which can be used for describing the content of the chapter. The keywords should appear in the abstract if possible. They should not be too generalised. Single words are preferred, but two- or three-word specialist phrases are acceptable. Keywords may be taken from the chapter title as long as they also appear in the abstract.

Keywords:   Honour, Pentecostal, sexuality, youth, secrecy, moral character, respectability, Uganda

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