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development. His analysis of democratization, globalization, regionalism,
and militarization is a detailed and straightforward account. Heavily foot-
noted, this chapter is notable for its depth of perception. The third chapter
by Jibrin Ibrahim concentrates on the need for an efficient human rights
system in Nigeria. Addressing the erosion of citizenship rights, loss of rights
by some groups, exclusions and deprivations of certain peoples despite
Nigerian constitutional guarantees, the author outlines steps that need to
be taken by the AU institutions to bring about a change.
The third part consists of three chapters that focus on how the African
Commission can improve the lot of all Africans. The essays by Frans Viljoen,
Ibrahima Kane, and Hannah Forster are insightful; for example, the organs
of the AU are examined for what changes they might undertake to protect
the rights of ordinary human beings, and solutions are recommended. In
particular, these authors make the case that civil society associations and
the African Commission share the same objectives: promoting and protect-
ing the human rights of every African and African group.
While providing many individual perspectives on what needs to be
done on an operational basis, this book presumes the reader’s familiarity
with most of the subject matter.
Daniel C. Turack
Capital University Law School
WOMEN AND GENDER
Neville Hoad. African Intimacies: Race, Homosexuality, and Globalization.
Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2007. xxxiii + 187 pp. Notes. Bibliogra-
phy. Index. $20.00. Paper.
African Intimacies both engages the historical and social narratives sur-
rounding homosexuality as a cultural signifier in sub-Saharan Africa (with
particular emphasis on southern Africa) and simultaneously investigates
the place of homosexuality in the material and discursive production of
Africa. While chronicling the historical shifts in relations between homo-
sexuality and African politics over the last century, Neville Hoad does not
claim to write a linear history of homosexuality in sub-Saharan or southern
Africa; instead he focuses on carefully selected moments of crisis, or “flash-
points,” from which to analyze the place of homosexuali