Rachel Spronk

Academic Discipline:

Anthropology, Cultural Studies

About me:

Rachel Spronk is Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Amsterdam. She works at the intersection of three scholarly fields – anthropology, gender and sexuality studies, and African studies. She is studying the development of the (idea of the) middle classes in Kenya and Ghana and how those social transformations relate to changes in gender, sexuality and self-perceptions. In her work she combines the ethnographic study of practices and self-perceptions with the task of rethinking our theoretical repertoires. Overall, she investigates the interface between sexuality and the middle class in Ghana and Kenya, examining problematic assumptions behind both terms. This provides a productive ground for theorising sexuality and the middle class from the South: she aims to re-locate discussions on modernity using the terms ‘South’ and ‘North’ to denote a set of relations rather than geographical locations by incorporating the North as one of many sites and cultures in a world of plurality. In other words, rather than using realities from the South as raw data they are of global heuristic for theorizing.

I am interested in the following geographical area(s):

Sub-Saharan Africa

Components of the GCRF I am interested in:

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