A Coincidence of Desires: Anthropology, Queer Studies, by Tom Boellstorff

By Tom Boellstorff

In A accident of Desires, Tom Boellstorff considers how interdisciplinary collaboration among anthropology and queer stories may well improve either fields. For greater than a decade he has visited Indonesia, either as an anthropologist exploring gender and sexuality and as an activist desirous about HIV prevention paintings. Drawing on those reviews, he offers numerous in-depth case stories, essentially in regards to 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 be aware “gay”). those case experiences positioned interdisciplinary study techniques into perform. they're preceded and by means of theoretical meditations at the most efficient kinds that collaborations among queer reports and anthropology may well take. Boellstorff makes use of theories of time to invite how a version of “coincidence” may perhaps open up new chances 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 should be understood as a queer undertaking and the way queerness can be understood as comparative.

The case experiences contained in A twist of fate of Desires communicate to questions on the relation of sexualities to nationalism, faith, and globalization. They comprise an exam of zines released through 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 guys, pointed out with Islamic fundamentalism, violently attacked gatherings of gay males. jointly, those experiences insist at the primacy of empirical research to any queer reports venture that wants to talk to the specificities of lived experience.

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