◆Editors: Wakana Shiino and Christine Mbabazi Mpyangu
◆Book Title: Contemporary Gender and Sexuality in Africa: African-Japanese Anthropological Approach (African Potentials: Convivial Perspectives for the Future of Humanity Vol. 7)（Langaa RPCIG, 364 pp.)
◆Published on August 26, 2021
◆Africa has fostered a rich culture of gender and sexuality from which non-African societies can learn. Most African traditional sexual customs differ greatly from Western colonial thought, which prioritises an individualism that respects the individual's free will and way of life. Regardless of the existence of various images of Africa, globalisation and conflict have made it inevitable that African people today must respond to sudden changes in the political environment and norms due to the influx of new thoughts and ideas. From colonial tensions to the consequences of globalisation, women easily have to sacrifice their sexualities. Also, the reader can observe that the Japanese/African ethnographic surveys in this book are influenced by the researchers' personal backgrounds, including their religion, social class, and sexual orientation.
* This book is an outcome of the "Gender and Sexuality Research Team" of the research project of Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (S) "'Africa Potential" and overcoming the difficulties of modern world: Comprehensive area studies that will provide a new perspective for the future of humanity".