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Love in a Different Climate: Meaning of Being Gay in South Asia
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Love in a Different Climate: Meaning of Being Gay in South Asia (Hardback)

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In this carefully researched and finely written work, Jeremy Seabrook deals with subjects rarely discussed in Western narratives about South Asia. Going beyond a straightforward contextualisation of the gatoei (lady-boys) in Thailand and the hijara (eunuchs) of India, he unravels the less familiar and more complex territory of homosexual and homoerotic encounters in general, and asks how valid Western models of sexual identity are in the South Asian context, and how effective they might be in dealing with global issues of sexual health, HIV awareness and gender politics. Much of the book is based on interviews which reveal the extent of the complexity at play: wives who traditionally vacate the marital bed to accommodate their husbands' friends; kotis -- ""passive"" male sex partners of men -- many of whom will be married but see their relations with the kotis as fulfilling their destinies as males; the fundamentalist politicians who curse the Western influence of ""gay liberation"" and continue to justify the punishment of life imprisonment for homosexuality; and the activist groups who are working towards a clearer and more helpful understanding of contemporary issues.

The first work of its kind on India, Love in a Different Climate reveals how a traditional shrouding in mystery of sexual difference is slowly but surely giving way to a more open and essentially local celebration of that difference.

LGBT & Gender StudiesGay & Lesbian studiesGay studies: Gay menLGBT & Gender StudiesGay & Lesbian studiesLesbian studiesPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesCultural StudiesPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial groups Publisher: Verso Books Publication Date: 14/06/1999 ISBN-13: 9781859848371  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
Availability: Currently unavailable. Foyles can order for despatch to customer when the publisher is re-supplied on 14/06/1999.  

Described by Richard Gott in the Guardian as 'one of England's most imaginative and creative writers', Jeremy Seabrook has published more than twenty books. He is also a frequent contributor to many newspapers and journals, and has written for the New Statesman in Britain, The Pioneer in Delhi and Third World Resurgence in Penang. His books include The Unprivileged, Mother and Son, The Idea of Neighbourhood, Landscapes of Poverty, Politics of Hope, Victims of Development and In the Cities of the South.

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