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By Tom Boellstorff

In A twist of fate of Desires, Tom Boellstorff considers how interdisciplinary collaboration among anthropology and queer experiences may well enhance either fields. For greater than a decade he has visited Indonesia, either as an anthropologist exploring gender and sexuality and as an activist focused on HIV prevention paintings. Drawing on those reports, he presents numerous in-depth case reviews, basically about the lives of Indonesian males who time period themselves gay (an Indonesian-language note that overlaps with, yet doesn't correspond precisely to, the English note “gay”). those case stories positioned interdisciplinary examine techniques into perform. they're preceded and by means of theoretical meditations at the best varieties that collaborations among queer reviews and anthropology may possibly take. Boellstorff makes use of theories of time to invite how a version of “coincidence” could open up new chances for cooperation among the 2 disciplines. He additionally juxtaposes his personal paintings with different students’ reviews of Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines, Malaysia, and Singapore to check queer sexualities throughout Southeast Asia. In doing so, he asks how comparability can be understood as a queer undertaking and the way queerness could be understood as comparative.

The case reports contained in A accident of Desires converse to questions on the relation of sexualities to nationalism, faith, and globalization. They comprise an exam of zines released by means of gay Indonesians; an research of bahasa gay—a slang spoken by means of gay Indonesians that's more and more appropriated in Indonesian pop culture; and an exploration of where of warias (roughly, “male-to-female transvestites”) inside Indonesian society. Boellstorff additionally considers the strain among Islam and sexuality in gay Indonesians’ lives and a chain of incidents within which teams of fellows, pointed out with Islamic fundamentalism, violently attacked gatherings of gay males. jointly, those stories insist at the primacy of empirical research to any queer stories venture that wants to talk to the specificities of lived experience.

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