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By Tom Boellstorff

In A twist of fate of Desires, Tom Boellstorff considers how interdisciplinary collaboration among anthropology and queer reports may possibly improve either fields. For greater than a decade he has visited Indonesia, either as an anthropologist exploring gender and sexuality and as an activist fascinated about HIV prevention paintings. Drawing on those stories, he offers numerous in-depth case reviews, essentially about the lives of Indonesian males who time period themselves gay (an Indonesian-language notice that overlaps with, yet doesn't correspond precisely to, the English be aware “gay”). those case reviews positioned interdisciplinary examine methods into perform. they're preceded and by way of theoretical meditations at the best types that collaborations among queer stories and anthropology may perhaps take. Boellstorff makes use of theories of time to invite how a version of “coincidence” may perhaps open up new percentages for cooperation among the 2 disciplines. He additionally juxtaposes his personal paintings with different students’ stories of Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines, Malaysia, and Singapore to match 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 reports contained in A accident 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 by way 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 Indonesian society. Boellstorff additionally considers the strain 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 reports undertaking that desires to talk to the specificities of lived experience.

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