Gay Bombay: Globalization, Love and (Be)longing in Contemporary India

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Using a combination of multi-sited ethnography, textual analysis, historical documentation analysis, and memoir writing, the author provides macro and micro perspectives on what it means to be a gay man located in Gay Bombay at a particular point in time. Specifically, he explores what being gay means to members of Gay Bombay and how they negotiate locality and globalization, their sense of identity as well as a feeling of community within its online/offline world. On a broader level, he critically examines the formulation and reconfiguration of contemporary Indian gayness in the light of its emergent cultural, media, and political alliances.

Parmesh Shahani

About Parmesh Shahani

Parmesh Shahani is the head of the Godrej India Culture Lab, an experimental ideas space in Mumbai. His book Gay Bombay: Globalization, Love and (Be)Longing in Contemporary India (Sage Publications, 2008) emerged directly out of his CMS Master’s thesis. Parmesh is a Yale World Fellow, a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, a TED Fellow and an academy member for the Global Teacher Prize. He also serves as Editor at Large for Verve magazine in India. Twitter: @parmeshs Instagram: @parmeshshahani Thesis: Disco Jalebi: An Ethnographic Exploration of Gay Bombay


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