Ethical Relationality and Accounts of Gay Iranian Men
The chapter draws on interviews taken with gay-identifying Iranian males. A particular Foucauldian analysis is used when engaging with interview data in order to address questions of gay embodiment and embodied experience, as well as to explore the different ways gay-identifying Iranian men navigate their lives. The aim is to draw attention to the intersection of resistance, strategies, masking/unmasking of desires, and identity construction of being gay, while living under particular socio-legal conditions that exist today in Iran. These resistive actions and different strategies can be understood as a part of practices of the self. Empirical examples are provided of how gay Iranian men constitute themselves, for example, by “knowing about oneself”—becoming gay—and how they are constituted by dominant discourses of gender and sexuality.
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