1st Edition

Postcolonial Lesbian Identities in Singapore Re-thinking global sexualities

By Shawna Tang Copyright 2017
    210 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    210 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    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 


    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.