Taking lesbians in Singapore as a case study, this book explores the possibility of a modern gay identity in a postcolonial society, that is not dependent on Western queer norms. It looks at the core question of how this identity can be reconciled with local culture and how it relates to global modernities and dominant understandings of what it means to be queer. It engages with debates about globalization, post-colonialism and sexuality, while emphasising the specificity, diversity and interconnectedness of local lesbian sexualities.
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Shawna Tang is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Western Sydney University, Australia. Formerly a Lecturer at the Department of Sociology, National University of Singapore, Postdoctoral Fellow at the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore, and former Deputy Editor of International Sociology. She obtained her PhD at the Department of Sociology at the University of Sydney.
01. List of diagrams and illustrations
02. Chapter One: Introduction
03. Chapter Two: Conceptual underpinnings of global queering
04. Chapter Three: Postcolonial Singapore: State, nationalism and sexuality
05. Chapter Four: Sexual politics in Singapore: Sodomy law and lesbian resistance
06. Chapter Five: Transnational politics of local queer activism and lesbian activists
07. Chapter Six: 'Modern' lesbian lives in postcolonial Singapore
08. Chapter Seven: Recollections, remarks and re-making the relations
09. Methodological Appendix
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