From Library Journal
This extensively researched and engagingly written dissertation by Green (history, California State Univ., Long Beach) "acts as a bridge between historical analyses of the medicolegal discourses of the 1930s and the anthropological studies of contemporary Brazilian homosexuals." Beginning with a description of male cruising in public parks at the turn of the century and concluding with the emergence, in the 1970s, of a gay and lesbian rights movement, Green's book weaves a rich and textured chronological narrative. Focusing on gay life in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, he expertly unearths the ways in which race, class, and gender operate in such areas as performance, slang, literature, prostitution, and cross dressing, noting similarities and differences to urban counterparts in America and Europe. Recommended for large public libraries.-James E. Van Buskirk, San Francisco P.L.
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