Sexual Sites, Seminal Attitudes: Sexualities, Masculinities and Culture in South Asia

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Discussions on sexuality in the South Asian context have tended to focus largely on men's preoccupations through notions such as 'semen-anxiet&ygrave;. Another restrictive framework is the excessive importance ascribed to religion in everyday life. The result has been a rather narrow debate on sexuality. By providing accounts of a myriad sites and meanings of sexuality, this remarkable volume broadens the debate on sexuality in South Asia.

It combines perspectives from history, anthropology, and cultural and literary studies to provide an interdisciplinary exploration of the cultures of, and the multiple meanings and contestations that gather around, masculinities and sexualities. The collection is unique in the breadth of its theoretical concerns; its focus on hitherto marginalized sexual identities; and its novel juxtapositions of analyses of colonial discourses with those of postcolonised modernity.

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Sanjay Srivastava is Professor of Sociology at the Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi. His key publications include Constructing Post-colonial India: National Character and the Doon School (Routledge, 1998), Passionate Modernity: Sexuality, Class and Consumption in India (Routledge, 2007) and Entangled Urbanism. Slum, Gated Community and Shopping Mall in Delhi and Gurgaon (OUP, 2014). He has edited and contributed to Sexual Sites, Seminal Attitudes, Sexualities, Masculinities and Culture in South Asia (Sage, 2004) and Sexuality Studies (OUP, 2013). He is the co-author (with David Birch and Tony Schirato) of Asia: Cultural Politics in the Global Age (Palgrave, 2001).

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Table of Contents

Introduction - Sanjay Srivastava
Semen, History, Desire and Theory
Colonial Aversions and Domestic Desires - Sudipta Sen
Blood, Race, Sex and the Decline of Intimacy in Early British India
Controlling the Ganymedes - Zahid Chaudhary
The Colonial Gaze in J R Ackerley's Hindoo Holiday
Theatrical Transvestism in the Parsi, Gujarati and Marathi Theatres (1850-1940) - Kathryn Hansen
Rekhti - Carla Petievich
Impersonating the Feminine in Urdu Poetry
Crossing 'Lines' of Subjectivity - Gayatri Reddy
The Negotiation of Sexual Identity in Hyderabad, India
A Preliminary Report on Emerging Gay Geographies in Bangalore - Chandra S Balachandran
Emancipated Bodies/Embodying Liberation - Vikash N Pandey
Debating through Fire
Redrawing the Lakshman Rekha - Leena Abraham
Gender Differences and Cultural Constructions in Youth Sexuality in Urban India
'Cheli-Beti' Discourses of Trafficking and Constructions of Gender, Citizenship and Nation in Modern Nepal - Sushma Joshi
Knowledge, Attitudes, Beliefs and Practices - Stacy Leigh Pigg & Linnet Pike
The Social Shadow of AIDS and STD Prevention in Nepal
Muscularity and its Ramifications - Kajri Jain
Mimetic Male Bodies in Indian Mass Culture
Non-Gandhian Sexuality, Commodity Cultures and a 'Happy Married Life' - Sanjay Srivastava
Masculine and Sexual Cultures in the Metropolis

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