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The Globalization of Sexual Identities

in Global Sex

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print April 2001 | ISBN: 9780226016061
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226016047 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226016047.003.0006
The Globalization of Sexual Identities

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This chapter concentrates on identity politics born of sexuality and gender, and the new social movements that arise from these. These new identities are closely related to the larger changes of globalization: consider the globalization of “youth,” and the role of international capitalism in creating a teenage identity in almost every country, with specific music, language, fashion, and mores. In recent years this is expressed in terms of “boy” and “girl” cultures, as in references to “boy bands” or “a booming girl culture worldwide,” which suggests the invention of an intermediate generational identity between “children” and “youth.” Globalization has helped create an international gay/lesbian identity, which is by no means confined to the Western world.

Keywords: sexual identity; globalization; sexuality; gender; social movement; capitalism

Chapter.  8149 words. 

Subjects: Cultural Studies

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