A Coincidence of Desires: Anthropology, Queer Studies, Indonesia (Hardback)Tom Boellstorff (author)
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The case studies contained in A Coincidence of Desires speak to questions about the relation of sexualities to nationalism, religion, and globalization. They include an examination of zines published by gay Indonesians; an analysis of bahasa gay-a slang spoken by gay Indonesians that is increasingly appropriated in Indonesian popular culture; and an exploration of the place of warias (roughly, "male-to-female transvestites") within Indonesian society. Boellstorff also considers the tension between Islam and sexuality in gay Indonesians' lives and a series of incidents in which groups of men, identified with Islamic fundamentalism, violently attacked gatherings of gay men. Collectively, these studies insist on the primacy of empirical investigation to any queer studies project that wishes to speak to the specificities of lived experience.
Publisher: Duke University Press
Number of pages: 312
Weight: 576 g
Dimensions: 238 x 163 x 26 mm
"By exploring different formulations of time in canonical anthropological texts, in queer theory, and in his own ethnography on Indonesia, Tom Boellstorff challenges and reconfigures conventional anthropological and queer understandings of temporality. By focusing on'coincidence'-the temporal simultaneity of two events-Boellstorff destabilizes more traditional notions of linear, hierarchical time that structure a range of hegemonic dualities, including male/female and modern/traditional. Boellstorff's nuanced treatment of 'coincidence' ultimately demonstrates the productive potential for a new interdisciplinarity that brings anthropology and queer theory into dialog around questions of gender, sexuality, modernity, and temporality."-Megan Sinnott, author of Toms and Dees: Transgender Identity and Female Same-Sex Relationships in Thailand
"This major study reflects a mature consideration of Boellstorff's decade and a half of ethnographic research. . . . Boellstorff is indeed to be praised for a study that draws solidly on Indonesia-based research to speak to analytical issues that are relevant well beyond that country's borders." -- Peter Jackson * Intersections *
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