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Sexuality and Public Space in India : Reading the Visible (Hardcover) (Carmel Christy)
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The topic of sexuality and gender within the South Asian context is timely and hotly debated across a variety of academic disciplines, not only because of the way the issue of sexual violence in India has circulated globally. Since the early 1990s, debates in the cultural sphere in India, in particular on issues concerning same-sex practices, gender, sex workers’ rights and caste have been noted. Along with all these, there is an increased visibility for sexuality in the form of discussion around opening up of intimate scenes in films, advertisements, moral concerns around pre-marital heterosexual relationships and same-sex relationships.
This book probes into the modalities of the constitution of the increased visibility of gender and sexuality in India to understand the peculiarities of how it is being made visible in the public space. "Visibility" is not assumed as the obvious, instead it is analysed as a concept that permits certain things to be visible while masking several others. Focussing on the southern state of Kerala, the book investigates sexuality and women’s lives through a number of case studies: the Suryanelli ****** case, neology in the media and the debates around the autobiography of Nalini Jameela, a sex worker.
Sexuality and Public Space in India is a a careful interrogation of the mass-mediatized space of contemporary public discourse around sexuality. It will be of interst to academics in South Asian Studies, Sociology, Anthropology and Gender Studies.