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Homophobias: Lust and Loathing across Time and Space First edition, paperback issue Edition

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Homophobias provides a much-needed perspective for bringin the reader to a more objective understanding of the mechanics of GLBT hatred and rhetoric in other times and places.” - Brian Stachowiak, The Gay and Lesbian Review/Worldwide


“A major strength of this anthology is its attention to the roles of both colonialism (as a precedent of contemporary globalizing processes) and contemporary political, economic, and social changes on the development of attitudes toward sexuality and gender in postcolonial contexts.” - Amy L. Brandzel and Jara M. Carrington, Journal of Anthropological Research


“[A] splendid collection of essays. . . . This book is a must for anyone interested in anthropological fieldwork methods as well as theories of homosexuality.” - Kathleen Richardson, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute


“The essays bring careful attention to the conceptual pitfalls of typical understandings of homophobia and look instead for the complex cultural logics and constellation of social, political, and economic factors that undergird antihomosexual expressions. Ultimately, Homophobias invites us to rethink what we mean by ‘homophobia’ and to think more complexly about the particular, changing sources and meanings of antihomosexual phenomena.” - Karl Bryant, GLQ


Homophobias is a well-edited collection of how homophobia is captured across cultures, time, and space. It also questions how homophobia—an exclusive prejudice against homosexuals—can exist as a universal form of discrimination, and how that discrimination can exist in various forms from political emasculation to violent attacks. Homophobias serves as an important collection of works with which to move past preconceived ideas of what one thinks constitutes homophobia.” - Olupero R. Aiyenimelo, Feminist Review blog


Homophobias is a well-edited collection of how homophobia is captured across cultures, time, and space. It also questions how homophobia—an exclusive prejudice against homosexuals—can exist as a universal form of discrimination, and how that discrimination can exist in various forms from political emasculation to violent attacks. Homophobias serves as an important collection of works with which to move past preconceived ideas of what one thinks constitutes homophobia.”
(Olupero R. Aiyenimelo, Feminist Review blog)

Homophobias provides a much-needed perspective for bringin the reader to a more objective understanding of the mechanics of GLBT hatred and rhetoric in other times and places.”
(Brian Stachowiak, The Gay and Lesbian Review/Worldwide)

“[A] splendid collection of essays. . . . This book is a must for anyone interested in anthropological fieldwork methods as well as theories of homosexuality.”
(Kathleen Richardson, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute)

“A major strength of this anthology is its attention to the roles of both colonialism (as a precedent of contemporary globalizing processes) and contemporary political, economic, and social changes on the development of attitudes toward sexuality and gender in postcolonial contexts.”
(Amy L. Brandzel and Jara M. Carrington, Journal of Anthropological Research)

“The essays bring careful attention to the conceptual pitfalls of typical understandings of homophobia and look instead for the complex cultural logics and constellation of social, political, and economic factors that undergird antihomosexual expressions. Ultimately, Homophobias invites us to rethink what we mean by ‘homophobia’ and to think more complexly about the particular, changing sources and meanings of antihomosexual phenomena.”
(Karl Bryant, GLQ)

About the Author

David A. B. Murray is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Graduate Program in Women’s Studies at York University in Toronto. He is the author of Opacity: Gender, Sexuality, Race, and the “Problem” of Identity in Martinique.

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  • Paperback: 227 pages
  • Publisher: Duke University Press Books; First edition, paperback issue edition (December 23, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0822345986
  • ISBN-13: 978-0822345985
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Several general accounts--including those by Byrne Fone and Louis-Georges Tin--exist that address negative attitudes towards same-sex love, what is commonly termed homophobia, its causes, prevalence, and the prospects for reducing it. Existing studies mainly analyze the problem in Western societies. Yet news reports indicate that homophobia also blights Third World countries, where it seems to be on the rise.

There is a clearly a need for a comprehensive study of homophobia on a worldwide basis. Regrettably, this book fails to achieve that aim.

The essays in this book treat only a few countries, notably Australia, Greece, India, Indonesia, and Jamaica. The information offered is mainly anecdotal and little effort has been made by the editor to knit the contributions together into some sort of integrated whole.

Highly present-minded, the book is geared towards the concerns of the guild of academic anthropologists. The writers have neglected to avail themselves of the work of historians with regard to same-sex behavior and homophobia in non-Western countries. This effort began a century ago with the massive study of Ferdinand Karsch-Haack, not cited in this book.

Examination of the larger picture disclosed by this diachronic approach shows that over time homophobia has largely thrived in countries dominated by the Abrahamic religions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. There are four exceptions to this generalization: ancient Iran under Zoroastrianism; the Manchus of East Asia; and the Aztecs and Inca in the New World. Why? Recognition of this larger pattern would have gone a long way to fostering an understanding homophobia worldwide.
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