Book review / Unruly Figures: Queerness, Sex Work and the Politics of Sexuality in Kerala

Kottai, Sudarshan R. Review of Unruly Figures: Queerness, Sex Work, and the Politics of Sexuality in Kerala, by Navaneetha Mokkil. Contemporary South Asia. Published ahead of print, 23 February 2021.

 

Excerpt (edited): This book stands out in the current environment because it tackles sexuality, a pressing issue of contemporary India which most local scholarship steers clear of. It covers with equal emphasis the topic of sex work and lesbian love in ‘the fraught terrains of sexuality politics’ (p. 187).
Based on the highly mediated landscape of Kerala, Mokkil foregrounds vernacular politics of sexuality by focusing on how marginalized sexual figures are produced in the public imagination through local cultural practices. Challenging the widely held belief that the visibility of sexuality is a function of globalization, …

 

KSM Editor’s note: We circulated news of reviews of this book in November 2019 and December 2019.

 

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