Beneath the Equator: Cultures of Desire, Male Homosexuality, and Emerging Gay Communities in Brazil

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Psychology Press, 1999 - Social Science - 288 pages
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Richard Parker's Beneath the Equator is a groundbreaking anthropological study of male-male relationships in Brazil and the ensuing emergence of distinct gay communities in that country. Parker raises important questions that challenge Western ideas about same-gender desire and sexuality. In the first chapters of the book--using his own research as well as a wealth of other materials--Parker elucidates how gender, race, the history of colonialism, and the views of Western countries have all contributed to constructing specific Brazilian homosexualities. In subsequent chapters, he charts how these manifestations of same-sex desire form the basis for a series of distinct communities. Parker also discusses in depth the effect of the AIDS epidemic on Brazilian gay life and how different, culturally specific AIDS prevention strategies have been formulated and employed to deal with the disease. Written in clear and accessible language, Beneath the Equator brings together a huge amount of research and thought and presents the reader not only with a new, complex portrait of gay life in Brazil but new ways of conceptualizing sexuality and culture worldwide.

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Brazil has only infrequently recognized gay life. Cultural anthropologist Parker's landmark study unveils how the Brazilian gay community has materialized in the last 15 years. Using his earlier work ... Read full review


Brazilian Homosexualities
Contours of the Urban Gay World
Dependent Development
Tale of Two Cities
Changing Places
Globalization Sexuality and Identity
Informants Cited in the Text
Gay Rights and AIDSService Organizations

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Richard Parker is Associate Professor of Public Health in the Sociomedical Sciences Division and the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University, Senior Research Scientist in the HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies at the New York State Psychiatric Institute, and the Secretary General of the Brazilian Interdisciplinary AIDS Association. He is co-editor of Conceiving Sexuality(1995), published by Routledge.

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