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This book situates current research into the sexual cultures of South Asia within a cross-cultural perspective. The book argues that in societies undergoing rapid social and cultural change, the construction of sexuality and the discourses that gather around it have a fundamental connection with an entire range of processes - social, cultural, economic, political and global - with which people must engage. The contributors have studied sexuality as a site around which social and cultural ideas may be expressed.

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
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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