Under Bright Lights: Gay Manila and the Global Scene (Difference Incorporated)


Under Bright Lights: Gay Manila and the Global Scene (Difference Incorporated) Author Bobby Benedicto
ISBN-10 0816691088
ISBN-13 9780816691081
Year 2014-10-25
Pages 248
Language English
Publisher Univ Of Minnesota Press
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Gay friendly dance clubs upmarket bars and party circuitssuch commercial venues evoke the image of a gay globe but what happens when they are bound to a landscape of disorder mass poverty and urban decay Vividly describing this world of contradictions through the prism of twenty first century Manila Under Bright Lights challenges popular interpretations of the third world queer as a necessarily radical figure Drawing on ethnographic research Bobby Benedicto paints a remarkably counterintuitive portrait of gay spaces in postcolonial cities He argues that Filipino gay mens pursuit of an elusive global gay modernity sustains the very class gender and racial hierarchies that structure urban life in the Philippines Benedicto examines for example how practices such as driving enable the emergence of a classed gay cityscape and how scenes of networked global cities engender discourse that positions Manila within a global system of gay capitals And yet he also analyzes how the fantasy of gay globality is imperiled when privileged gay men from Manila while traveling abroad encounter Filipino labor migrants and come face to face with the exclusionary racial orders that operate in gay spaces overseas Unique in its methodological approach Under Bright Lights employs affective first person storytelling techniques to capture the visceral experience of Manila and gay life in a third world city

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