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

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Sanjay Srivastav, Rajeev Kumaramkandath, Anup Dhar, Anirban Das, Navaneetha Mokkil, Akshaya K. Rath, Kaustav Chakraborty, Ketaki Chowkhani, Sayantani Sur, Arunima Deka, Kiran Keshavmurthy, Brinda Bose
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  • Date Published: March 2020
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108494410

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  • (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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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2020
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108494410
    • length: 255 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 155 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.45kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    Introduction: sexuality and sexualities Sanjay Srivastav and Rajeev Kumaramkandath
    1. Politics of prop roots: beyond 'the repressive hypothesis' Anup Dhar
    2. Of identities and other desires: thinking about sexualities Anirban Das
    3. The stuttered process of subject formation: a sex worker's experiments with narration Navaneetha Mokkil
    4. Sexual realism? (hetero) sexual excess and the birth of obscenity in Malayalam literature Rajeev Kumaramkandath
    5. Sexualizing Kālā Pāni Akshaya K. Rath
    6. Memories of a queer sexuality: revisiting two 'Toto' folk tales Kaustav Chakraborty
    7. Learning about sex in Mumbai: rethinking the 'knowledge gap' debate in sexuality education Ketaki Chowkhani
    8. Family planning and the masculinity of Nirodh condoms in India Sayantani Sur
    9. Women and their bodies: menstruation and the construction of sexuality Arunima Deka
    10. Tanjai Prakash: between desire and labour Kiran Keshavmurthy
    11. Hijra intimacies and inheritances Brinda Bose

  • Editors

    Rajeev Kumaramkandath, Christ University, Bangalore
    Rajeev Kumaramkandath teaches at the Department of Sociology and Social Work at Christ (Deemed to be University), Bengaluru. He has published in areas of postcolonial histories of sexuality and on the question of clandestine sexual subjects. His research also explores the politics behind the death of languages and vernacular movements in South Asian contexts.

    Sanjay Srivastava, Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi
    Sanjay Srivastava is Professor of Sociology at the Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi. He has written and published widely on urban spatial politics, sexuality and culture and modernity in India. His most recent publication is Entangled Urbanism: Slum, Gated Community and Shopping Mall in Delhi and Gurgaon (2015).


    Sanjay Srivastav, Rajeev Kumaramkandath, Anup Dhar, Anirban Das, Navaneetha Mokkil, Akshaya K. Rath, Kaustav Chakraborty, Ketaki Chowkhani, Sayantani Sur, Arunima Deka, Kiran Keshavmurthy, Brinda Bose

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