“This book is intensely moving and often painful, but also uplifting. It combines wonderful insight with a tremendous sense of the sheer weight of history ... and a subtle but powerful analysis of the political and cultural context. It is a passionate read.”—Jeffrey Weeks, author of Invented Moralities
From the Publisher
An important jolt to Western determinism.
Jeremy Seabrook's name is well known both in India and in Britain for his work on the effects of globalization and Western consumer culture. In this carefully researched and finely written book he brings his approach to bear on the relatively untouched subject of working and middle-class Indian men's sexual encounters with each other. In doing so he clearly highlights the lack of any easy comparison with Western models of gay culture and so reveals, through these interviews, the complexity of homosexuality in general. Love in a Different Climate
, examining a very transitional community, is a critical and telling intervention in the topical debates of cultural imperialism, sexual identity, gender construction, and globalization. With the advantage of fluent Hindi, and a much-praised knowledge of the country, as well as his personal sympathies as a gay man, Jeremy Seabrook passionately records and contextualizes the voices of men and women who deal daily with this subject: men who have sex with men (including 'khotis', those who are penetrated), their wives, fundamentalist politicians who curse the Western influence of 'gay liberation', and activist groups. The result is ot only an important jolt to Western determinism but a practical initiative, by the greater understanding of human sexualities, in the international fight to combat AIDS.