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Mary Gray

Mary Gray, Assistant Professor of Communication and Culture and Gender Studies at Indiana University, is reading Homophobias: Lust and Loathing Across Time and Space (Durham: Duke University Press, 2009) edited by David Murray.

“This edited volume helps us imagine a more complicated paradigm that moves homophobia beyond the interpersonal and irrational to a place of collective and deliberative debate and interlocking systems of oppression.  It unpacks the limits of universalizing the meaning of homophobia and examines the baggage of particular cross-cultural cases where homophobia means something far more than we typically give it credit.  It’s a must-read for anyone who feels that the term homophobia has spent its intellectual purchase and wants to consider how we can move past the idiosyncratic to a systemic analysis of what one of the authors calls an “anthropology of hate.”"

–Mary Gray

ited volume helps us imagine a more complicated paradigm that

moves homophobia beyond the interpersonal and irrational to a place of

collective and deliberative debate and interlocking systems of

oppression. It unpacks the limits of universalizing the meaning of

homophobia and examines the baggage of particular cross-cultural cases

where homophobia means something far more than we typically give it

credit. It’s a must-read for anyone who feels that the term homophobia

has spent its intellectual purchase and wants to consider how we can

move past the idiosyncratic to a systemic analysis of what one of the

authors calls an “anthropology of hate.”

Jennifer Bass (M.P.H.)

is Director of Communications at The Kinsey Institute and founder of Kinsey Institute Sexuality Information Service for Students, now Kinsey Confidential.
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