Sexualities in/of the Global South
Brown, G., Browne, K., Elmhirst, R. and Hutta, S. (2010) Sexualities in/of the Global South Geography Compass, 4 (10). pp. 1567-1579. ISSN 1749-8198
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This paper scopes the contemporary literatures that examine sexualities in/of the Global South. Recognising the complexities of both ‘sexualities’ and ‘the Global South’, the paper outlines key areas that can be explored under these headings. It questions the conflation of sexualities with homosexualities and contests the assumptions that spatial analyses of the Global South are confined within the discipline of geography. Instead a broad range of material is drawn upon and pointed to highlighting the breadth and possibilities of this field. The paper concludes by considering the shifting and contingent power relations of authors writing the ‘Global South’ from positions of privilege in the Global North. Yet like many before us we call for a reflexive approach that is not afraid of researching these areas but that does recognise the importance of destabilising existing power relations both in terms of geopolitical interventions, and in interrogating academic hegemonies.
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