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Urban Utopias pp 209-225 | Cite as

Utopia or Elsewhere: Queer Modernities in Small Town West Bengal

  • Paul Boyce
  • Rohit K. Dasgupta
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Part of the Palgrave Studies in Urban Anthropology book series (PSUA)

Abstract

This chapter is based on collaborative ethnographic work conducted in Siliguri and Barasat, regional towns in West Bengal, India. We explore concerns around ‘liveable lives’ and social visibility in terms of explicit same-sex sexualities in these contexts, seeking to understand such lives as a part of ordinary and wider social discourses and practices concerning belonging and difference. This chapter looks at the experiences of those who might be imagined as queer subjects but who are pushed to the margins of prevailing narratives of queer utopian aspiration in India, for being too regional, peri-urban or rural, bodies and subjects in excess of urban narratives of acceptable difference.

Keywords

Small Town Social Visibility Sexual Culture Aesthetic Ideal Suburban Town 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul Boyce
    • 1
  • Rohit K. Dasgupta
    • 2
  1. 1.University of SussexBrightonUK
  2. 2.Institute for Media and Creative IndustriesLoughborough UniversityLoughboroughUK

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