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- DescriptionLala (lesbian) and gay communities in mainland China have emerged rapidly in the 21st century. Alongside new freedoms and modernizing reforms, and with mainstream media and society increasingly tolerant, lalas still experience immense family and social pressures to a degree that this book argues is deeply gendered. The first anthropological study to examine everyday lala lives, intimacies, and communities in China, the chapters explore changing articulations of sexual subjectivity, gendered T-P (tomboy-wife) roles, family and kinship, same-sex weddings, lala-gay contract marriages, and community activism. Engebretsen analyzes lala strategies of complicit transgressions to balance surface respectability and undeclared same-sex desires, why being rmal emerges a deep aspiration and sign of respectability, and why openly lived homosexuality and public activism often are t. Queer Women in Urban China develops a critical ethgraphic analysis through the conceptual lens of different rmativities, tracing the paradoxes and intricacies of the desire for rmal life alongside aspirations for recognition, equality, and freedom, and argues that dominant paradigms fixed on categories, identities, and the absolute value of public visibility are ill-equipped to fully understand these complexities. This book complements existing perspectives on sexual and gender diversity, contemporary China, and the politics and theories of justice, recognition, and similitude in global times.
- Author BiographyElisabeth L. Engebretsen is a Research Fellow (Asian Cities Cluster) at the International Institute for Asian Studies, Leiden, the Netherlands.
- Author(s)Elisabeth L. Engebretsen
- PublisherTaylor & Francis Ltd
- Date of Publication09/06/2015
- SubjectGender Studies / Gay & Lesbian Studies
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- Content Note9 black & white illustrations, 1 black & white tables, 8 black & white halftones, 1 black & white line drawings
- Weight317 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine15 mm
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