Matti Bunzl

in Symptoms of Modernity

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2004 | ISBN: 9780520238428
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520937208 | DOI:

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This introductory chapter begins with a brief description of the organization Re'uth, composed of lesbian and gay Jews in Vienna, and then sets out the purpose of the book, which is to present an anthropological analysis of the historical conditions that enabled the public emergence of queer Jews. The chapter discusses Jews and queers in late twentieth-century Vienna, their anthropologies, and explains the comparative logic used in the analysis, which was derived from Boasian comparativism. A central argument is that the historical trajectories of Jews and queers have been linked by a joint logic of social articulation. An overview of the three parts of the book is also presented.

Keywords: Jews; queers; gays; homosexuality; homosexuals; Vienna; cultural anthropology; Boasian comparativism

Chapter.  9875 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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