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(Hi)Stories of Desire: Sexualities and Culture in Modern India

Rajeev Kumaramkandath (Editor) Sanjay Srivastava (Editor)

(Hi)Stories of Desire situates questions of sexuality in the larger domain where they are conditioned by and, in turn, also condition historically and culturally produced landscapes of being, doing and desiring. The book draws upon multi-disciplinary frameworks of analysis - including history, anthropology, literary studies, queer studies and psychoanalysis - to provide a pan-Indian account of the making of sexual cultures. Based on original research, the chapters foreground sexuality as a significant site for the making of regional, national and personal modernities. The volume addresses the modern paradox where sexuality is assigned a central significance in human life and yet its study tends to remain unconnected from the political, religious, social and economic contexts that produce human subjectivity. It will be of interest to a wide range of readership, opening up the topic to complex yet accessible ways of understanding the culture of sexualities and the sexuality of culture.  The essays in this volume take into consideration multiple paradigms of analysis required for an understanding of sexuality Presents a pan-Indian panorama of experiences and discourses of sexuality; the introduction theorises the volume in light of other works and provides a rich reading experience Attempts to move away from standard postcolonial assumptions regarding sexuality and modernity in the Indian context.


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About the author

Sanjay Srivastava

Sanjay Srivastava is Professor of Sociology, Centre for the Study of Social Systems, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He is the co-editor of Contributions to Indian Sociology and also associated with the sociology unit of the Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi.

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Title (Hi)Stories of Desire: Sexualities and Culture in Modern India
Format Hardcover
Date published: 20.10.2020
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9781108494410
length xxx+215p., Illustrations., (Black and White); 24cm.