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This is the first ethnographic study of lala (lesbian, bisexual, and transgender) communities and politics in China, focusing on the city of Shanghai. Based on several years of in-depth interviews, the volume concentrates on lalas’ everyday struggle to reconcile same-sex desire with a dominant rhetoric of family harmony and compulsory marriage, all within a culture denying women active and legitimate sexual agency. Lucetta Y. L. Kam reads discourses on homophobia in China, including the rhetoric of “Chinese tolerance,” and considers the heteronorma­tive demands imposed on tongzhi subjects. She treats “the politics of public correctness” as a newly emerg­ing tongzhi practice developed from the culturally specific, Chinese forms of regulation that inform tongzhi survival strategies and self-identification. Alternating between Kam’s own experiences with queer identity and her extensive ethnographic findings, this text offers a contemporary portrait of female tongzhi communities and politics in urban China, making an invaluable contribution to global discussions and international debates on same-sex intimacies, homophobia, coming-out politics, and sexual governance.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgements
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction: Reconnecting Selves and Communities
  2. pp. 1-18
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  1. 1. Lala Communities in the Shaping
  2. pp. 19-38
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  1. 2. Public Discussions
  2. pp. 39-58
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  1. 3. Private Dilemma
  2. pp. 59-72
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  1. 4. Negotiating the Public and the Private
  2. pp. 73-88
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  1. 5. A Smile on the Surface: The Politics of Public Correctness
  2. pp. 89-104
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  1. Conclusion: Seeing Diversity Among Us
  2. pp. 105-112
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  1. Profiles of Key Informants
  2. pp. 113-116
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 117-128
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 129-138
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 139-142
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Additional Information

ISBN
9789882208452
Related ISBN
9789888139453
MARC Record
OCLC
828740506
Pages
152
Launched on MUSE
2013-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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