The Gay Archipelago (English)

The Gay Archipelago: Sexuality and Nation in Indonesia
Tom Boellstorff
Winner of the 2005 Ruth Benedict Prize, Society for Lesbian and Gay Anthropologists, American Anthropological Association

Paperback | 2005 | ISBN: 9780691123349
304 pp. | 6 x 9 | 6 halftones. 13 line illus. 2 tables. 3 maps.

eBook | ISBN: 9781400844050

Click here for the Indonesian translation of The Gay Archipelago.

The Gay Archipelago is the first book-length exploration of the lives of gay men in Indonesia, the world’s fourth most populous nation and home to more Muslims than any other country. Based on a range of field methods, it explores how Indonesian gay and lesbian identities are shaped by nationalism and globalization. Yet the case of gay and lesbian Indonesians also compels us to ask more fundamental questions about how we decide when two things are “the same” or “different.” The book thus examines the possibilities of an “archipelagic” perspective on sameness and difference.

Tom Boellstorff examines the history of homosexuality in Indonesia, and then turns to how gay and lesbian identities are lived in everyday Indonesian life, from questions of love, desire, and romance to the places where gay men and lesbian women meet. He also explores the roles of mass media, the state, and marriage in gay and lesbian identities.

The Gay Archipelago is unusual in taking the whole nation-state of Indonesia as its subject, rather than the ethnic groups usually studied by anthropologists. It is by looking at the nation in cultural terms, not just political terms, that identities like those of gay and lesbian Indonesians become visible and understandable. In doing so, this book addresses questions of sexuality, mass media, nationalism, and modernity with implications throughout Southeast Asia and beyond. Continue reading “The Gay Archipelago (English)”

Memberi Suara pada yang Bisu

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Author: Oetomo, Dede
Edition: Cet. 1.
Publisher: Yogyakarta : Galang Press Yogyakarta, 2001
Page: xliv, 348 p. ; 21 cm.
ISBN: 9799341205
Summary: Author’s account of his life as a homosexual and the future of gays in Indonesia.

Dalam buku ini, Dede menggambarkan dengan sangat bagus pengalamannya selama di negeri Paman Sam. Kebetulan ketika itu, gerakan pembebasan gay di kampus-kampus berkembang pesat dalam suasana euforia. Ternyata, Dede tergugah oleh gerakan ini, seolah-olah mulai ketemu jalan keluar dari kemelut batin yang dialami di Indonesia di bawah Orde Baru. Akhirnya ia berani “membuka diri” di depan umum. Mungkin dia orang Indonesia pertama yang seberani itu. Di kalangan mahasiswa Indonesia di Cornell, yang dibagi dua antara birokrat-birokrat yang diongkosi Orde Baru dan orang-orang “sipil” yang bebas, berita ini ternyata mengagetkan. Grup pertama biasanya sinis dan marah: “bikin malu, ah”, “ikut-ikutan bule, ah” dan sebagainya. Ada juga yang bilang; “dasar Cina.” Tetapi grup kedua ternyata bisa menerima realitas, daan di kalangan ini Dede tak kehilangan teman, kalaupun kadang-kadang dia diobok-obok.

Saya sendiri? Kagum dan heran. Kagum kepada keberaniannya dan heran melihat manusia Indonesia tipe baru, yang belum pernah saya jumpai sebelumnya: seorang gay. Dari mana keberanian itu?
–Benedict Anderson