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Title: 'MORE-THAN-CLOSET' GEOGRAPHIES: EXPLORING QUEERED SPACES THROUGH THE SEXUAL LIVES OF MEN IN DELHI
Authors: BHAIRANNAVAR KIRAN
Keywords: South Asia, Queer Theory, Sexualities, Masculinities, India, Closet, Ethnography
Issue Date: 21-Jun-2016
Citation: BHAIRANNAVAR KIRAN (2016-06-21). 'MORE-THAN-CLOSET' GEOGRAPHIES: EXPLORING QUEERED SPACES THROUGH THE SEXUAL LIVES OF MEN IN DELHI. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: This thesis elaborates and operationalises a ‘more-than-closet’ framework for the study of sexualities and space. In India, non-normative sexual and gendered practices have historically been closeted and this continues to have significant bearing on contemporary (queer) lives and spaces. However, contemporary heteronormative urban contexts also provide opportunities for men to engage in male-to-male sex and negotiate these desires alongside other aspects of their lives. In examining such lives in the city of Delhi, the thesis explores possibilities for extending the concept of ‘the closet’ to geographical analysis of sexualities beyond its ‘Western’ origins. Drawing on ethnographic cases from ten months of field work in Delhi, it is argued that while ‘the closet’ continues to have its hold on lives of men practising same-sex sexualities, urban space enables a series of more-than-closet possibilities and experiences. The thesis is intended to extend the study of ‘the closet’ conceptually and geographically.
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