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Falling into the Lesbi WorldDesire and Difference in Indonesia$
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Evelyn Blackwood

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780824834425

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824834425.001.0001

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Translocal Queer Connections

Translocal Queer Connections

(p.179) Chapter Seven Translocal Queer Connections
Falling into the Lesbi World

Evelyn Blackwood

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter examines national and transnational queer discourses and especially their progressive narrative of the development of modern sexual identities. It considers how tombois and their girlfriends in Padang access global circuits of queer knowledge and view themselves as part of a global community, but differentiate themselves from the identities promoted and encouraged by lesbian activist organizations throughout Indonesia. It explores how lesbian activists in Jakarta and tombois and girlfriends in Padang intercept and selectively appropriate circuits of queer knowledge, focusing on the circulation and use of particular linguistic terms, phrases, and strategies. It also discusses the circulation and reception of queer knowledge by looking at the friction caused by the conflict in identitarian positions within and across communities. The chapter concludes by showing how asymmetries of reception give rise to queer subjectivities that are all part of the global queer ecumene.

Keywords:   queer discourses, sexual identities, tombois, girlfriends, Padang, queer knowledge, lesbian activist organizations, Indonesia, lesbian activists, queer subjectivities

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