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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 could enhance either fields. For greater than a decade he has visited Indonesia, either as an anthropologist exploring gender and sexuality and as an activist serious about HIV prevention paintings. Drawing on those reviews, he presents a number of in-depth case experiences, essentially about the lives of Indonesian males who time period themselves gay (an Indonesian-language be aware that overlaps with, yet doesn't correspond precisely to, the English notice “gay”). those case stories placed interdisciplinary examine ways into perform. they're preceded and via theoretical meditations at the most efficient types that collaborations among queer experiences and anthropology could take. Boellstorff makes use of theories of time to invite how a version of “coincidence” may open up new chances for cooperation among the 2 disciplines. He additionally juxtaposes his personal paintings with different students’ experiences of Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines, Malaysia, and Singapore to check queer sexualities throughout Southeast Asia. In doing so, he asks how comparability may be understood as a queer venture and the way queerness may be understood as comparative.

The case experiences contained in A twist of fate of Desires communicate to questions on the relation of sexualities to nationalism, faith, and globalization. They contain an exam of zines released by means of gay Indonesians; an research of bahasa gay—a slang spoken via 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 sequence of incidents within which teams of fellows, pointed out with Islamic fundamentalism, violently attacked gatherings of gay males. jointly, those reports insist at the primacy of empirical research to any queer experiences venture that wants to talk to the specificities of lived experience.

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