Problematising the diffusion of LGBTI rights in Africa : the case of Malawi.

 

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dc.contributor.advisor Smith, Karen en_ZA
dc.contributor.author Mugo, Tiffany en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned 2014-07-30T03:51:25Z
dc.date.available 2014-07-30T03:51:25Z
dc.date.issued 2013 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Mugo, T. 2013. Problematising the diffusion of LGBTI rights in Africa : the case of Malawi. University of Cape Town. en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/3756
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dc.description Includes bibliographical references.
dc.description.abstract African countries have increasingly come under fire for the maltreatment of homosexuals by those within the state and society. The region is rife with instances of homophobia manifesting themselves in acts of discrimination or even violence. In response to this international actors have sought to urge African countries to protect the rights of sexual minorities. However, the endeavour has proved somewhat unsuccessful as African nation states continue to resist the diffusion of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual, Intersex (LGBTI) norm. This study seeks to highlight the gaps within the Norm Life Cycle model as developed by Martha Finnemore and Kathryn Sikkink by exploring the difficulties faced in diffusing the LGBTI norm into Malawi. The rejection of the LGBTI norm by Malawians at societal level shows an impediment to norm diffusion that is not considered by the Norm Cycle model. The case of Malawi illustrates the limitations of the model and, in turn, the need for a lens that takes into consideration the specificities at the local level. This dissertation shows that there is a need to analyse the ‘norm takers’ – one must take into account the variances between nation states in terms of such facets as culture, tradition and identity. It will utilise the rejection of the norm by Malawian society to argue for a more localised understanding of norm diffusion. en_ZA
dc.language.iso eng en_ZA
dc.subject.other Political Science en_ZA
dc.title Problematising the diffusion of LGBTI rights in Africa : the case of Malawi. en_ZA
dc.type Thesis / Dissertation en_ZA
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Thesis en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Humanities en_ZA
dc.publisher.department Department of Political Studies en_ZA
dc.type.qualificationlevel Masters en_ZA
dc.type.qualificationname MSocSc en_ZA
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