Reviving the Tribe: Regenerating Gay Men's Sexuality and Culture in the Ongoing Epidemic [NOOK Book]

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Reviving the Tribe creates a rich and brutally honest portrait of contemporary gay men’s lives amidst the seemingly endless AIDS epidemic and offers both autobiographical self-examination and a relentless critique of current sexual politics within the gay community. Fearlessly confronting the horrors experiences by surviving gay men without giving way to hopelessness, denial, or blame, Reviving the Tribe offers an inspiring blueprint for the ...
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Reviving the Tribe: Regenerating Gay Men's Sexuality and Culture in the Ongoing Epidemic

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Overview

Reviving the Tribe creates a rich and brutally honest portrait of contemporary gay men’s lives amidst the seemingly endless AIDS epidemic and offers both autobiographical self-examination and a relentless critique of current sexual politics within the gay community. Fearlessly confronting the horrors experiences by surviving gay men without giving way to hopelessness, denial, or blame, Reviving the Tribe offers an inspiring blueprint for the gay community which faces a continuing spiral of disaster.

In Reviving the Tribe, Author Eric Rofes argues that a return to the interrupted agenda of gay liberation may provide long-term motivation to keep gay men alive and spur rejuvenation of new generations of gay culture. By interweaving social history, psychology, anthropology, epidemiology, sociology, feminist theory, and sexology with his own journey through the epidemic, Rofes provides a moving and compelling argument for stepping out of the “state of emergency” and embracing a life beyond disease. He boldly offers a plan for community regeneration focused on restoring mental health, reclaiming sexuality, and mending the social fabric of communal gay life.

Rofes asks unspoken questions lurking in gay men’s minds and suggests answers to these questions, hitting such controversial topics as:
  • gay men’s sex cultures of the 1970s
  • why “educated” gay men continue to become HIV-infected
  • changing forms of gay masculinity
  • the opening of new sex clubs and bathhouses
  • leaving “rage activism” behind
  • links between the Holocaust and AIDS
  • unacknowledged roots in the feminist movement of gay men’s AIDS response
  • mass denial of chronic trauma among gay men

    The refusal to confront the ever-intensifying manifestations of AIDS has seriously endangered the foundation of contemporary gay communities. Rofes argues that many gay men suffer from the ”disaster syndrome,” a psychologically determined response that defends individuals against being overwhelmed by traumatic experience. In Reviving the Tribe, he provides a radical critique of contemporary gay political culture and suggests alternatives which offer the opportunity to face history, grapple with decimation, and regenerate communal life.

    Cautioning that an honest analysis of recent gay history and urban cultures promises neither to stop gay men’s suffering nor to end continuing HIV infections, Reviving the Tribe provides gay men with a clear lens through which they might scrutinize their lives, come to a new understanding of the epidemic’s impact on their generation, and redirect activism. This courageous and inspiring work brings Rofes’commanding intellect and twenty years of grassroots gay activism to bear on the challenging task of reconstructing gay life in the new mellennium.

    Reviving the Tribe is filled with insight of special interest to gay men, lesbians involved in the mixed lesbian/gay movement, sociologists, public health workers, psychologists, counselors, sex educators, religious leaders, and AIDS prevention policymakers searching for fresh vision.
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Rofe, an activist and political strategist, offers an autobiographical self-examination and a critique of current sexual politics within the gay community. He argues that stepping out of the "state of emergency" due to AIDS and returning to the interrupted agenda of gay liberation may provide long-term motivation to keep gay men alive and rejuvenate a new generation of gay culture. His plan for community regeneration concentrates on mental health, sexuality, and mending the social fabric of communal gay life. Paper edition (unseen), $14.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781317763840
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/2/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 318
  • File size: 2 MB

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Life Interrupted 1
Ch. 1 In the Center of the Cyclone 15
The Secret Life of Gay Men 22
Death-Saturated Culture Takes Hold 29
HIV as Mass Catastrophe 35
Ch. 2 Out of the Frying Pan 43
AIDS and Trauma 47
A Tidal Wave Hits the Shore 52
Going Out of Our Minds 58
Restoring Community-Wide Mental Health 61
Ch. 3 Recovering the Psyche of the Body Politic 69
Safety, Danger, and Post-Stonewall Gay Life 70
Remembrance and Mourning 74
Reconnection with Ordinary Life 79
One Path Toward Recovery 82
Restoring the Social Fabric of Gay Male Life 87
Ch. 4 What We Did and What We've Become 97
Homosexual Desire Before AIDS 102
The Alignment of Erotic Orbits 105
Pre-Epidemic Gay Organizing 110
The First Generation of Safe Sex Efforts 113
Professionals to the Rescue 117
Ch. 5 Lies, Secrets, and Sex Lives 127
Education or Social Marketing? 128
Making Love or Making Madness? 134
The Lies We Tell Ourselves 139
What Happened in 1985? 145
Ch. 6 Sodomy Emerges Victorious 155
Sex Stages a Comeback 157
Relapse and Recidivism: The Re-Pathologizing of Anal Sex 160
Unsafe Sex and Me: Eroticizing the Forbidden 167
The Myth of an Epidemic on the Wane 173
Shame Stages a Comeback 179
Ch. 7 Sex Education for the New Millennium 191
Community Response to Renegade Acts 195
Barriers to Assessment of Prevention Efforts 200
Distinguishing Education from Prevention 203
The Limits of Democractic Education 205
Displacing the Utopian Vision of Prevention 208
Strategies for the Coming Years 211
Long-Range Questions 220
Ch. 8 Breeding Lilacs Out of the Dead Land 227
The Civil War of the Psyche 230
The Question of Formulation 238
Victims or Survivors 246
Ch. 9 Community Beyond Suffering 251
AIDS as the Salvation of the Gay Community 253
Regenerating Gay Community in America 260
Recommendations 262
Beyond the Mass Culture of Crisis 280
Epilogue: Discovering the Invincible Summer 283
A Quest for Renewal 287
The Music Comes Alive Again 292
Conceptualizing a Collective Future 297
Index 301
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