A Coincidence of Desires: Anthropology, Queer Studies, Indonesia

Boellstorff, Tom

In A Coincidence of Desires, 1997 IDRF Fellow and 2010 DPDF Virtual Worlds Research Director Tom Boellstorff considers how interdisciplinary collaboration between anthropology and queer studies might enrich both fields. For more than a decade he has visited Indonesia, both as an anthropologist exploring gender and sexuality and as an activist involved in HIV prevention work. Drawing on these experiences, he provides several in-depth case studies, primarily concerning the lives of Indonesian men who term themselves gay (an Indonesian-language word that overlaps with, but does not correspond exactly to, the English word "gay"). Boellstorff uses theories of time to ask how a model of "coincidence" might open up new possibilities for cooperation between the two disciplines. Buy from Amazon.

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