The Gay Archipelago: Sexuality and Nation in Indonesia

The Gay Archipelago: Sexuality and Nation in Indonesia

by Tom Boellstorff
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0691123349

ISBN-13: 9780691123349

Pub. Date: 10/17/2005

Publisher: Princeton University Press

The Gay Archipelago is the first book-length exploration of the lives of gay men in Indonesia, the world's fourth most populous nation and home to more Muslims than any other country. Based on a range of field methods, it explores how Indonesian gay and lesbian identities are shaped by nationalism and globalization. Yet the case of gay and lesbian

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The Gay Archipelago is the first book-length exploration of the lives of gay men in Indonesia, the world's fourth most populous nation and home to more Muslims than any other country. Based on a range of field methods, it explores how Indonesian gay and lesbian identities are shaped by nationalism and globalization. Yet the case of gay and lesbian Indonesians also compels us to ask more fundamental questions about how we decide when two things are "the same" or "different." The book thus examines the possibilities of an "archipelagic" perspective on sameness and difference.

Tom Boellstorff examines the history of homosexuality in Indonesia, and then turns to how gay and lesbian identities are lived in everyday Indonesian life, from questions of love, desire, and romance to the places where gay men and lesbian women meet. He also explores the roles of mass media, the state, and marriage in gay and lesbian identities.

The Gay Archipelago is unusual in taking the whole nation-state of Indonesia as its subject, rather than the ethnic groups usually studied by anthropologists. It is by looking at the nation in cultural terms, not just political terms, that identities like those of gay and lesbian Indonesians become visible and understandable. In doing so, this book addresses questions of sexuality, mass media, nationalism, and modernity with implications throughout Southeast Asia and beyond.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691123349
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
10/17/2005
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix
Acknowledgments xi
Note on Indonesian Terms and Italicization xv

PART ONE: The Indonesian Subject 1

CHAPTER ONE: Introduction 3
CHAPTER TWO: Historical Temptations 35
CHAPTER THREE: Dubbing Culture 58

PART TWO: Opening to Gay and Lesbi Worlds 89

CHAPTER FOUR: Islands of Desire 91
CHAPTER FIVE: Geographies of Belonging 126
CHAPTER SIX: Practices of Self, Tests of Faith 157

PART THREE: Sexuality and Nation 185

CHAPTER SEVEN: The Postcolonial State and Gay and Lesbi Subjectivities 187
CHAPTER EIGHT: The Gay Archipelago 216

Notes 233
Works Cited 243
Index 267

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