By Tom Boellstorff

ISBN-10: 0822339749

ISBN-13: 9780822339748

ISBN-10: 0822339919

ISBN-13: 9780822339915

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

The case reviews contained in A accident of Desires communicate to questions on the relation of sexualities to nationalism, faith, and globalization. They contain an exam of zines released by way of gay Indonesians; an research of bahasa gay—a slang spoken by means of 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 strain 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 stories insist at the primacy of empirical research to any queer stories undertaking that desires to talk to the specificities of lived experience.

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