Academic journal article Geography

Geographies of Sexualities: Theory, Practices and Politics

Academic journal article Geography

Geographies of Sexualities: Theory, Practices and Politics

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Geographies of Sexualities: Theory, practices and politics Edited by Kath Browne, Jason Lim and Gavin Brown Aldershot: Ashgate, 2007 264pp, 16x24cm Hb: £35.00 ISBN 978-0-7546-4761-4

A 'very queer book' (p. 215), Geographies of Sexualities seeks to address some of the most recent developments in this field, and to 'gesture towards' emerging questions, directions and tensions. In terms of structure, the book does exactly what it says on the cover, with sections devoted to 'theories', 'practices' and 'polities'. The introduction provides a useful overview of the growth of work in geographies of sexualities over the past three decades, and the individual chapters serve as useful case studies.

The book's message is that sexual geographers work in a diverse theoretical and political terrain, yet in terms of the places we visit I am slightly disappointed. Although we encounter some interesting alternatives to the usual white, middle class and Western face of gayness - for example Asian lesbians, gay Muslims and Thai interraciality - on the whole these are still interrogated in the well-rehearsed spaces of Anglo-American cities. There are exceptions, such as Matejskova's Slovakian bars or Hacker's development/desire thesis, but on the whole I sense a missed opportunity to explore global sexualities more thoroughly. …

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