The Ambiguities of Recognition : Young Queer Sexualities in Contemporary India
- Department of Gender Studies
Focusing on a window of time where same-sex sexualities had been officially recognised for the first time, this thesis raises questions about how recognition, sexuality, and subjectivity are lived and experienced in practice in a period characterised simultaneously by high hopes and pervading insecurity.
The situated perspective I favour in my thesis sheds light on the ways in which young people negotiate between their desire to be recognised as queers and the concomitant desire to participate in relations of reciprocity in different contexts, such as the family, peer networks, and the law. Through an analysis of data collected during several fieldwork periods in Delhi, I show how recognition emerges as an unstable and negotiable element in a cluster of desires, attachments, and aspirations that young queers must balance in their everyday efforts to find a viable way to live that allows them not to deny their sexuality and, at the same time, to be included in social relations.
- Jyoti Puri (Professor)
- Gender Studies
- Social Sciences
- Helle Rydström
- Diana Mulinari
- ISBN: 978-91-7623-777-9
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