By Tom Boellstorff
The homosexual Archipelago is the 1st book-length exploration of the lives of homosexual males in Indonesia, the world's fourth such a lot populous kingdom and residential to extra Muslims than the other nation. in line with various box tools, it explores how Indonesian homosexual and lesbian identities are formed by way of nationalism and globalization. but the case of homosexual and lesbian Indonesians additionally compels us to invite extra basic questions about how we elect whilst issues are "the comparable" or "different." The ebook hence examines the chances of an "archipelagic" viewpoint on sameness and difference.
Tom Boellstorff examines the heritage of homosexuality in Indonesia, after which turns to how homosexual and lesbian identities are lived in daily Indonesian lifestyles, from questions of affection, wish, and romance to the areas the place homosexual males and lesbian ladies meet. He additionally explores the jobs of mass media, the country, and marriage in homosexual and lesbian identities.
The homosexual Archipelago is uncommon in taking the total countryside of Indonesia as its topic, instead of the ethnic teams often studied via anthropologists. it's through taking a look at the state in cultural phrases, not only political phrases, that identities like these of homosexual and lesbian Indonesians come into view and comprehensible. In doing so, this ebook addresses questions of sexuality, mass media, nationalism, and modernity with implications all through Southeast Asia and beyond.