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The emergence of political homophobia in Indonesia: Masculinity and national belonging

Boellstorff, Tom


This paper explores an unprecedented series of violent acts against 'gay' Indonesians beginning in September 1999. Indonesia is often characterized as 'tolerant' of homosexuality. This is a false belief, but one containing a grain of truth. To identify this grain of truth I distinguish between 'heterosexism' and 'homophobia,' noting that Indonesia has been marked by a predominance of heterosexism over homophobia. I examine the emergence of a political homophobia directed at public events where...[Show more]

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Date published: 2004
Type: Journal article
Source: Ethnos: Journal of Anthropology
DOI: 10.1080/0014184042000302308


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