The Dynamics and Complexities of Interracial Gay Families in South Africa: A New Frontier

Gay Relationships in South Africa

  • Oluwafemi Adeagbo

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Sociology book series (BRIEFSSOCY)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Oluwafemi Adeagbo
    Pages 17-36

About this book


This book provides an in-depth account of a qualitative study on the familial arrangements and domestic settings shaping interracial gay partnerships in the South African context, and it offers both empirical and theoretical insights on the topic. While heterosexual intimate relationships, particularly mixed-race couples, have attracted societal and scholarly attention in South Africa due to the country’s past history of racial segregation, it is, however, striking how little emphasis is placed on understanding same-sex unions in a transforming South Africa. This book is timely and important because it explores the vignettes, complexities and dynamics of interracial gay intimate relationships, an area that hardly gets the scholarly attention it deserves. The book addresses the intersectionality, and the question of how sexuality, gender, racial identity and personal resources influence the relationship as well as the way resilience strategies are drawn upon to sustain the partnership.


Family Sociology Interracial Gay Partnerships in South Africa Gay Rights in South Africa Gender Relations Social Exchange Theory Same-Sex Intimate Relationships Gay Households and Familial Relations. Gay Partners Organizing Domestic Lives Race, Sexuality and Class in South Africa Interracial Gay Partners and Decision-Making

Authors and affiliations

  • Oluwafemi Adeagbo
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Sociology, Faculty of HumanitiesUniversity of JohannesburgJohannesburgSouth Africa

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-03921-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-03922-6
  • Series Print ISSN 2212-6368
  • Series Online ISSN 2212-6376
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