Masculinity and Its Challenges in India: Essays on Changing Perceptions

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Masculinity and Its Challenges in India: Essays on Changing Perceptions by Rohit K. Dasgupta

This volume of new interdisciplinary essays provides insights into the emerging field of masculinities and the challenges it poses to the Indian male. Masculinities research has evolved considerably and demonstrates that men are not an homogenous group but are instead diverse—there are many “masculinities.” Manliness can no longer be studied from just a North American or European perspective but from those of every part of the world. Covering an array of topics such as the construction of identity and the negotiation of power and sexuality, these essays aim to show how masculinities are experienced and embodied within India.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786472246
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 12/20/2013
Pages: 252
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Rohit K Dasgupta is associate lecturer and doctoral student at the University of the Arts London. He lives in London, England. K. Moti Gokulsing is a retired reader and senior visiting research fellow, University of East London. He is the founder and co-editor of the journal, South Asian Popular Culture. He lives in London.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments v

Foreword Ruth Vanita 1

Introduction: Perceptions of Masculinity and Challenges to the Indian Male Rohit K. Dasgupta K. Moti Gokulsing 5

"Sane Sex," the Five-Year Plan Hero and Men on Footpaths and in Gated Communities: On the Cultures of Twentieth-Century Masculinity Sanjay Srivastava 27

Critical Masculinity Studies in India Mangesh Kulkarni 54

If Singularity Is the Problem, Could Intersectionality Be the Solution? Exploring the Mediation of Sexuality on Masculinity Roshan Das Nair 73

Bearly Indian: "Fat" Gay Men's Negotiation of Embodiment, Culture and Masculinity Pranta Pratik Patnaik 93

The Nation as Mimicry: The (Mis)reading of Colonial Masculinities in India Kama Maureemootoo 106

Mobilizing for Sexual Health: The Experience of Queer Indian Men in London David A. Ansari 126

Masculinities of Desire, Derision and Defiance: Global Gay Femmephobia and Kothi-Hijra-Tians Heterosexualities Aniruddha Dutta 142

Corporal Punishment: English and Homosocial Tactility in Postcolonial Bengal Niladri R. Chatterjee 165

Of Girmitiyas and Mimic Men: Alternative Masculinity in V.S. Naipaul's A House for Mr. Biswas Vishnuppiya Sengupta 174

Gay Writing and the Idea of Doubleness Akhil Katyal 187

Negotiations of Masculinity in Ritwik Ghatak's Partition Trilogy Tanmayee Banerjee 201

Masculinizing the (Post)colonial Subject: The Arnar Chitra Katha Comic Book Sayantan Dasgupta 217

Rethinking the Circuits of Male Desire Across Multiple Dostanas Dashini Jeyathurai 227

About the Contributors 241

Index 243

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