Queerness’s Domain?: Queer Negotiations, Utopian Visions and the Failures of Heterotopias in Bangalore
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This chapter investigates José Esteban Muñoz’s claim ‘that the future belongs to queerness’ by focusing on middle-class queer women’s everyday experiences in contemporary Bangalore. As middle class, these women are co-opted into nationalist and neoliberal imaginaries as symbols of India’s rising power. As queer, these women are subject to normalized notions of both femininity and heterosexuality. Therefore, the strategies and tactics that queer women employ to create space in urban India signal multiple and continual rejections of heteronormativity and question if there is an idealized future in which these actions are unnecessary. In an evaluation of the implementation and reception to these tactics, this chapter will also highlight the failures of these spaces as and, following Muñoz, ask if the future really is ‘queerness’s domain’.
KeywordsMiddle Class Sexual Identity Public Space Shopping Mall Indian Woman
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