New PDF release: A Coincidence of Desires: Anthropology, Queer Studies,

By Tom Boellstorff

In A accident of Desires, Tom Boellstorff considers how interdisciplinary collaboration among anthropology and queer reports may increase either fields. For greater than a decade he has visited Indonesia, either as an anthropologist exploring gender and sexuality and as an activist considering HIV prevention paintings. Drawing on those stories, he offers a number of in-depth case reviews, basically about the lives of Indonesian males who time period themselves gay (an Indonesian-language note that overlaps with, yet doesn't correspond precisely to, the English notice “gay”). those case experiences positioned interdisciplinary examine methods into perform. they're preceded and via theoretical meditations at the best types that collaborations among queer reviews and anthropology may possibly take. Boellstorff makes use of theories of time to invite how a version of “coincidence” could open up new probabilities for cooperation among the 2 disciplines. He additionally juxtaposes his personal paintings with different students’ reviews of Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines, Malaysia, and Singapore to check queer sexualities throughout Southeast Asia. In doing so, he asks how comparability can be understood as a queer venture and the way queerness can be understood as comparative.

The case experiences contained in A accident of Desires converse to questions about the relation of sexualities to nationalism, faith, and globalization. They comprise an exam of zines released by way of gay Indonesians; an research of bahasa gay—a slang spoken through gay Indonesians that's more and more appropriated in Indonesian pop culture; and an exploration of where of warias (roughly, “male-to-female transvestites”) inside of Indonesian society. Boellstorff additionally considers the stress among Islam and sexuality in gay Indonesians’ lives and a sequence of incidents during which teams of fellows, pointed out with Islamic fundamentalism, violently attacked gatherings of gay males. jointly, those stories insist at the primacy of empirical research to any queer experiences venture that desires to talk to the specificities of lived experience.

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