Gendered and Sexual Lives of South African Youth

Young People’s Stories of Identity
Publisher: Best Red
Availability:in stock 1000 item(s)
Width: 210CM
Height: 148CM

About the book

Gendered and Sexual Lives of South African Youth: Young People’s Stories of Identity speaks to a gap in current work on South African youth – namely, the lack of a sustained gendered analysis of young people’s lives in the post-apartheid context. This lack has meant that opportunities to engage young people in discourses of equality and non-violence continue to be marginal. High rates of gendered and sexual violence fueled by continuing gendered inequalities, alongside its intersections with other forms of inequity, provide the impetus for the project. The book project showcases the work undertaken by the authors, who have employed participatory research methodologies with diverse groups of young people. 


This research provides the opportunity to engage with youth in ways that depart significantly from moralistic and protectionist standpoints in relation to gender and sexuality, while enabling them to develop a critical consciousness about their gendered and sexual identifications and lives. The authors’ work explores young people’s experiences of and identifications with gender and sexuality and its intersections with other categories such as race, class, age, or place. It brings to the forefront the knowledge and expertise that young people have about their own experiences and lives, and the ways in which they might be able to live freely, equally and without violence.


The book will interest researchers and policymakers who seek to advance the interests of South African youth as well as mainstream readers who seek to expand their understanding of the topic.


About the editors

Simone Peters is an African feminist psychologist, currently busy doing a postdoctoral fellow on the A.W. Mellon funded First Thousand Days of Life project. 

Her work focuses on the ways in which black bodies make sense of their gendered and racial experiences and how they construct their community in post-apartheid South Africa. Her work makes use of Photovoice methods alongside narrative and ethnographical methodologies. She is interested in black masculinities, black femininities, intersectionality, decolonial and narrative methodologies.  Dr Peters has published in various journal articles, book chapters and a co-written a monograph on Photovoice methodology, decolonial ways of researching , and marginalised bodies in South Africa


Floretta Boonzaier is Professor at the Department of Psychology, University of Cape Town, South Africa and Co-Director of the Hub for Decolonial Feminist Psychologies in Africa. She is noted for her work in feminist, critical and decolonial psychologies, her writing on intersectional subjectivities and on gendered and sexual violence. She is also noted for her expertise in qualitative methodologies, specifically in narrative and participatory approaches. Her selected recent publications include the book Pan-Africanism and Psychology in Decolonial Times (authored with Kessi and Gekeler) published by Springer (2022); the edited collection Men, Masculinities and Intimate Partner Violence (with Gottzén & Bornholt) published by Routledge (2020); and the recent paper featured in Current Sociology entitled: Spectacularising narratives on femicide in South Africa: A decolonial feminist analysis



Chapter 1: 


Engaging Young People through Photovoice

Floretta Boonzaier


Chapter 2: 

Beyond the Binary: 

Young and Trans in Cape Town


Chapter 3: 

Through the Rainbow Lens: 

A Photovoice Study with LGB students at University of Cape Town


Chapter 4: 

Bodies out of Place: 

Black Queer Students Negotiating Identity at the University of Cape Town


Chapter 5: 

Children’s constructions of gender: A participatory project


Chapter 6: 

"Living in Mitchell’s Plain isn’t all that people actually think.” Young people holding complexity in narratives of marginalisation, stigmatisation, violence and

radical hope


Chapter 7: 

Constructions of black female bodies and beauty: 

Conformity & resistance


Chapter 8: 

Digital Storytelling about Gender-Based Violence


Chapter 9


Learning lessons, mapping paths