1st Edition

Postcolonial Lesbian Identities in Singapore
Re-thinking global sexualities

ISBN 9781138604681
Published May 11, 2018 by Routledge
200 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

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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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.