"Globalizing through the Vernacular: The Making of Gender and Sexual Minorities in Eastern India" — a POROI Seminar with A. Dutta
Prof. Dutta writes, "Globalizing through the Vernacular studies the role of non-metropolitan gender variant communities in India in the transnational expansion of modern LGBT identities and movements. Based on ethnographic fieldwork in eastern India, the book studies how metropolitan LGBT activism and the transnational development sector interface with urban-rural networks of working class or Dalit (oppressed caste) gender non-conforming people, known by names such as kothis, dhuranis, metis, and hijras. In this book introduction, I describe how these communities enter into a mutually transformative and yet deeply hierarchical relation with the transnational LGBT movement, which is symptomatic of broader contradictions within transnational capitalism. I argue that the vernacularization of these communities and discourses - their relegation to local and vernacular levels of scale - marks a crucial form of contradiction management within capitalist-liberal assemblages of LGBT politics."
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