A book titled “Sexuality, Abjection and Queer Existence in Contemporary India” edited by Dr. Pushpesh Kumar, Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Hyderabad has been published by the Routledge Taylor and Francis Group.
This volume explores existing and emerging sexual cultures of contemporary India and the predicaments faced by abjected and sexual marginalities. It traces the sexual politics within popular culture, literary genres, advertisement, consumerism, globalizing cities, social movements, law, scientific research, the Hijra community life, (alternative) families and kinship and sites that define the cultural other whose sexual practices or identities fall beyond normative moral conventions. The chapters examine a range of connected sociological and political issues including questions of agency, judgments around intimate sexual relationships, the role of the state, popular understandings of adolescent romance, notion of legitimacy and stigma, moral policing and resistance, body politics and marginality, representations in popular and folk culture, sexual violence and freedom, problems with historiography, structural inequalities, queer erotica, gay consumerism, Hijra suicides and marriage and divorce. The volume also proposes certain transformative possibilities towards envisioning and (re)scripting sexual equalities.
This interdisciplinary book will be important for those interested in sexuality studies, queer studies, gender studies, cultural studies, sociology, law, history, literature and Global South studies as well as policymakers, civil society activists and nongovernmental organizations working in the area.
Dr. Pushpesh Kumar teaches at the Department of Sociology, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad, India. His research focuses on queer movement, queer religion, transgender-mobilization, queer consumerism and Marxism and queer theory. He serves on the international advisory board of the Community Development Journal.