Desire Work: Ex-gay And Pentecostal Masculinity In South Africa by Melissa HackmanDesire Work: Ex-gay And Pentecostal Masculinity In South Africa by Melissa Hackman

Desire Work: Ex-gay And Pentecostal Masculinity In South Africa

byMelissa Hackman

Paperback | August 10, 2018

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In postapartheid Cape Town—Africas gay capital—many Pentecostal men turned to "ex-gay" ministries in hopes of “curing” their homosexuality in order to conform to conservative Christian values and African social norms. In Desire Work Melissa Hackman traces the experiences of predominantly white ex-gaymen as they attemptto forge a heterosexual masculinity and enter into heterosexual marriage through emotional, bodily, and religious work. These men subjected themselves to daily self-surveillance and followed prescribed behaviors such as changing how they talked and walked. Ex-gay men also saw themselves as participating in the redemption of the nation, because South African society was perceived as suffering from a crisis of masculinity in which the country lacked enough moral heterosexual men. By tying the experience of ex-gay men to the convergence of social movements and public debates surrounding race, violence, religion, and masculinity in South Africa, Hackman offers insights into the construction of personal identities in the context of sexuality and spirituality.
Melissa Hackman is an independent scholar who has taught at Brown University and Emory University.
Title:Desire Work: Ex-gay And Pentecostal Masculinity In South AfricaFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:216 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inShipping dimensions:9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:August 10, 2018Publisher:Duke University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1478000821

ISBN - 13:9781478000822


Table of Contents

Preface ix
Acknowledgments xv
Introduction: Adrians Desire Work 1
1. Cultural Convergences 39
2. Building Godly Emotional Intimacy 63
3. Becoming Spiritual Warriors: Learning How to Fight Demonic Sexual Desires 87
4. Mastering Romance and Sexual Feelings 115
5. "I Didnt Fall, Im Free": Leaving Healing Revelation Ministries 139
Afterword 165
Notes 171
References 177
Index 197

Editorial Reviews

“One of Desire Works great contributions is Melissa Hackmans ability to put a human face on the men who try but fail to convert to heterosexuality. I very much enjoy her personal touch in relating stories about her experiences and her subjects, and she has done an extraordinary job of eliciting extremely personal insights from her subjects, in some cases letting them hang themselves with their own words, and in others, allowing us to share their pain, confusion, and cruel optimism. I love this book.”