Constructing Home and Family in Accra

  • Kathleen O’Mara


This chapter examines particular social and discursive practices among queer/lgbt men and women in the city of Accra who have constructed families and communities of choice by repurposing ordinary Ghanaian social processes; for example, birthday or engagement parties, weddings, funerals or national holidays. Their families, networks and communities are enhanced by the use of an in-group lexicon, alternative kinship practices, and local social networks which together constitute a form of off- kilter resistance. Although these subcultural and community building practices initially arose in a social milieu of relative public ignorance about homosexuality, since 2000, and especially since 2006, with smartphones and the Internet, as political and media conditions increased public awareness of sexual dissidence, and overt hostility and politicization grew, queer/ lgbt networks learned to adopt greater caution in making family, home, and communities of belonging in Ghana.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kathleen O’Mara
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  1. 1.SUNY College at OneontaHistory and Africana & Latino Studies DepartmentsOneontaUSA

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