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Sanjay Srivastava

In: Sexual Sites, Seminal Attitudes: Sexualities, Masculinities and Culture in South Asia

Chapter 13: Non-Gandhian Sexuality, Commodity Cultures and a ‘Happy Married Life’: Masculine and Sexual Cultures in the Metropolis1

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Non-Gandhian Sexuality, Commodity Cultures and a ‘Happy Married Life’: Masculine and Sexual Cultures in the Metropolis1
Non-Gandhian sexuality, commodity cultures and a ‘happy married life’: Masculine and sexual cultures in the metropolis
SanjaySrivastava
The Making of Sexual and Masculine Cultures

My effort in this essay is to present a preliminary outline towards an anthropological perspective on postcolonial modernity, with particular emphasis on the cultures of masculinity and sexuality. The conjoining of masculinity and sexuality and the focus on heterosexual contexts should be seen as analytical strategies rather than adherence to naturalised social categories. In the following discussion, then, I will utilise ‘sexuality’ as short hand for all those processes of heterosexual masculinity that gather around this term. And, finally, my focus—ethnographic and ‘textual’—on non-middle class contexts is ...

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