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Queer Singapore
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Singapore remains one of the few countries in Asia that has yet to decriminalise homosexuality. Yet it has also been hailed by many as one of the emerging gay capitals of Asia. This book accounts for the rise of mediated queer cultures in Singapore’s current milieu of illiberal citizenship. This collection analyses how contemporary queer Singapore has emerged against a contradictory backdrop of sexual repression and cultural liberalisation. Using the innovative framework of illiberal pragmatism, established and emergent local scholars and activists provide expansive coverage of the impact of homosexuality on Singapore’s media cultures and political economy, including law, religion, the military, literature, theatre, photography, cinema, social media and queer commerce. It shows how new LGBT subjectivities have been fashioned through the governance of illiberal pragmatism, how pragmatism is appropriated as a form of social and critical democratic action, and how cultural citizenship is forged through a logic of queer complicity that complicates the flows of oppositional resistance and grassroots appropriation.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Acknowledgements
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Introduction: Queer Singapore: A Critical Introduction
  2. pp. 1-26
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  1. Part 1: Cultural Citizenship and Queer Politics
  2. pp. 27-28
  1. 1. How to Bring Singaporeans Up Straight (1960s–1990s)
  2. pp. 29-44
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  1. 2. Enforcement of 377A: Entering the Twilight Zone
  2. pp. 45-58
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  1. 3. Sexual Vigilantes Invade Gender Spaces: Religion and Sexuality in the AWARE Saga
  2. pp. 59-70
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  1. 4. “Oi, Recruit! Wake Up Your Idea!”: Homosexuality and Cultural Citizenship in the Singaporean Military
  2. pp. 71-82
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  1. 5. TransnTransnational Lesbian Identities: Lessons from Singapore?
  2. pp. 83-96
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  1. 6. Both Contagion and Cure: Queer Politics in the Global City-State
  2. pp. 97-114
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  1. Part 2: Queer Media Cultures
  2. pp. 115-116
  1. 7. Photo Essay: A Brief History of Early Gay Venues in Singapore
  2. pp. 117-148
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  1. 8. The Negative Dialectics of Homonationalism, or Singapore English Newspapers and Queer World-Making
  2. pp. 149-160
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  1. 9. Impossible Presence: Toward a Queer Singapore Cinema, 1990s–2000s
  2. pp. 161-174
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  1. 10. The Kids Are Not All Right: The Curious Case of Sapphic Censorship in City-State Singapore
  2. pp. 175-186
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  1. 11. “Singaporean by birth, Singaporean by faith”: Queer Indians, Internet Technology, and the Reconfiguration of Sexual and National Identity
  2. pp. 187-196
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  1. 12. “We’re the gay company, as gay as it gets”: The Social Enterprise of Fridae
  2. pp. 197-212
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 213-222
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  1. References
  2. pp. 223-250
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 251-254
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