Out in Public: Reinventing Lesbian / Gay Anthropology in a Globalizing World / Edition 1

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Out in Public addresses, and engages us in, the new and exciting directions in the emerging field of lesbian/gay anthropology. The authors offer a deep conversation about the meaning of sexuality, subjectivity and culture.

  • Affirms the importance of recognizing gay and lesbian social issues within the arena of public anthropology
  • Explores critical concerns of gay activism in a variety of global settings, from the U.S., the European Union, Singapore, Nigeria, India, Nicaragua, and Guadalajara
  • Offers a unique focus on the politics of being gay and lesbian - in cross-cultural perspective
  • Deals with broad-ranging issues that affect human sexuality and human rights globally
  • Winner of the 2009 Ruth Benedict Prize in the category of "Best Anthology"
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What People Are Saying

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"Lewin and Leap have done it again. Out in Public is an innovative collection of essays focusing on anthropology’s place in public debates over lesbian/gay lives. This book demonstrates the crucial contributions that lesbian/gay anthropology can offer contemporary debates over sexuality and justice."
Tom Boellstorff, University of California, Irvine

"For the contributors to this fine volume, practicing anthropology in public is not about "problem-solving."  Rather, to be out in practice is to use anthropology to protest the dominant gender order."
Richard Handler, University of Virginia

"Lewin and Leap have collected many intriguing insights about the neoliberal global order, real-world problems, and non-normative sexualities and genders.  Those looking for sharp analyses of contemporary sexual politics will find Out in Public to be indispensable It is a timely and fascinating read that demonstrates, once again, the centrality of lesbian/gay studies in anthropology to the field at large and to the wider academy."
Jeff Maskovsky, Queen’s College, City University of New York

"Insightful, rich portraits of Gay/Lesbian communities as they come Out in Public in Nicaragua, Thailand, Mexico, Nigeria, Europe, Singapore and the U.S. Anthropologists engage in contemporary debates such as gay marriage, gay fatherhood, LGBT rights, and HIV/AIDS prevention. Critical, sensitive, and compelling reading."
Louise Lamphere, University of New Mexico

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405191012
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 5/12/2009
  • Series: Readings in Engaged Anthropology Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Ellen Lewin is Professor of Women’s Studies and Anthropology at the University of Iowa. She is the author of Lesbian Mothers: Accounts of Gender in American Culture (Cornell University Press, 1993) and Recognizing Ourselves: Lesbian and Gay Ceremonies of Commitment (Columbia University Press, 1998), and the editor of Inventing Lesbian Cultures in America (Beacon Press, 1996) and of Feminist Anthropology: A Reader (Blackwell, 2006). With William L. Leap, she has co-edited two volumes of essays on lesbian and gay anthropology, Out in the Field: Reflections of Lesbian and Gay Anthropologists (University of Illinois Press, 1996) and Out in Theory: The Emergence of Lesbian and Gay Anthropology (University of Illinois Press, 2002).

William Leap is Professor of Anthropology at American University. He is the author of Word’s Out: Gay Men’s English (University of Minnesota Press, 1996), and editor of Public Sex, Gay Space (Columbia University Press, 1999) and co-editor of Speaking in Queer Tongues: Globalization and Gay Language (University of Illinois Press, 2004). With Ellen Lewin, he has co-edited Out in the Field and Out in Theory.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments viii

Notes on Contributors x

Editors' Introduction William L. Leap Ellen Lewin 1

Part I Out in Public: Reflecting on Experience 25

1 My Date with Phil Donahue: A Queer Intellectual in TV-Land Esther Newton 27

2 Changes and Challenges: Ethnography, Homosexuality, and HIV Prevention Work in Guadalajara Héctor Carrillo 33

3 Going Home Ain't Always Easy: Ethnography and the Politics of Black Respectability E. Patrick Johnson 54

Part II Sexual Sameness is not a Self-Evident Terrain 71

4 The Personal Isn't Always Political Karen Brodkin 73

5 Who's Gay? What's Gay? Dilemmas of Identity Among Gay Fathers Ellen Lewin 86

6 A Queer Situation: Poverty, Prisons, and Performances of Infidelity and Instability in the New Orleans Lesbian Anthem Natasha Sandraya Wilson 104

Part III Unpacking the Engagements between Sexuality and Broader Ideological Positions 123

7 Tuskegee on the "Down Low": A Bioculturalist Brings the Past into the Present Rachel Watkins 125

8 Back and Forth to the Land: Negotiating Rural and Urban Sexuality Among the Radical Faeries Scott Morgensen 143

9 The Power of Stealth: (In) Visible Sites of Female-to-Male Transsexual Resistance Elijah Adiv Edelman 164

10 Rumsfeld!: Consensual BDSM and "Sadomasochistic" Torture at Abu Ghraib Margot Weiss 180

11 Professional Baseball, Urban Restructuring and (Changing) Gay Geographies in Washington, DC William L. Leap 202

Part IV International and Local Formations of Same-Sex and Transgender Identities 223

12 Public Sex: The Geography of Female Homoeroticism and the (In) Visibility of Female Sexualities Megan Sinnott 225

13 Neither in the Closet nor on the Balcony: Private Lives and Public Activism in Nicaragua Florence E. Babb 240

14 Life Lube: Discursive Spheres of Sexuality, Science, and AIDS Harris Solomon 256

15 Man Marries Man in Nigeria? Rudolf P. Gaudio 273

Part V Sexuality and Neoliberal Citizenship 293

16 LGBT Rights in the European Union: a Queer Affair? Mark Graham 295

17 Turning the Lion City Pink? Interrogating Singapore's Gay Civil Servant Statement Chris Tan 317

18 The Marriage between Kinship and Sexuality in New Mexico's Domestic Partnership Debate Lavinia M. Nicolae 338

Index 357

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