Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa
Conseil pour le développement de la recherche en sciences sociales en Afrique
Conselho para o Desenvolvimento da Pesquisa em Ciências Sociais em África
مجلس تنمية البحوث الإجتماعية في أفريقيا

Love and Desire: Concepts, Narratives and Practives of Sex Amongst Youths in Maputo City

Sandra Manuel. ISBN: 2-86978-191-1; ISBN 13: 978-2-86978-191-7; 75 pages,

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This monograph analyses the perceptions and practices of sexuality among young people in post-
colonial and post-socialist Maputo city. Using a combination of various methods, it compares sexuality
in two different generation and describes two diverse kinds of relationships: the occasional and steady.

Occasional relationships tend to show a new pattern of condom use that corroborates the discourse
advocated in the prevention of HIV/AIDS; and the steady where sex is proposition of commitment
on the part of young men, and where, there are major possibilities of HIV/AIDS infection. In both
kinds of relationships, sex, described by informants in terms of a model of heterosexual penetration,
is perceived as a factor that permits transition from childhood to adulthood, by passing parental and
other senior kin control.

June 26 2008