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Discours religieux et homosexualité au Cameroun

Religious Discourse and Homosexuality in Cameroon
Aristide Michel Menguele Menyengue
p. 67-86

Abstracts

The emergence of sexual minorities in Cameroon has led to an outpouring of homophobic discourse. In sum, the radicalization of anti-homosexual discourse and the quasi-sacralisation of homophobia are behaviors that were initiated by religious figures. These leaders began diffusing these representations in the public sphere, notably by organizing homophobic liturgies. Homosexual customs were thus set up as “rites,” impacting social and political advancement. Here we examine the arguments put forward to foster this homophobia. These arguments draw on theological discourse, as well as representations and beliefs tied to local traditions. Whether it is a question of denying the existence of this sexual genre or of denouncing homosexual initiation practices, the desired effect is the same: to establish and maintain a particular type of radicalization of anti-homosexual religious discourse, often in the name of cultural relativism.

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References

Bibliographical reference

Aristide Michel Menguele Menyengue, « Discours religieux et homosexualité au Cameroun », Journal des anthropologues, 146-147 | 2016, 67-86.

Electronic reference

Aristide Michel Menguele Menyengue, « Discours religieux et homosexualité au Cameroun », Journal des anthropologues [Online], 146-147 | 2016, Online since 15 November 2018, connection on 16 December 2017. URL : http://journals.openedition.org/jda/6494

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About the author

Aristide Michel Menguele Menyengue

Université de Douala (Département de science politique)
B.P. 4982 – Douala (Cameroun)
Courriel : m.aristidemichel@yahoo.com

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Journal des anthropologues

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