Book Review: Bisexuality: Identities, Politics and Theories by Surya Monro Leave a comment

Book Review: Bisexuality: Identities, Politics and Theories by Surya Monro

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Authored by Surya Monro, Bisexuality: Identities, Policies and Theories is a book that is accessible identifies and analyses key facets of the everyday lives of bisexual as well as other non monosexual individuals, checking out concerns of community, relationships and identities through participant interviews. Danni Glover discovers this an excellent theoretical introduction to the social research of bisexuality that avoids homogenising bisexual experience under a Western lens as well as shows interesting gaps in current literary works.

Bisexuality: Identities, Politics and Theories. Surya Monro. Palgrave MacMillan. 2015.

Surya Monro is a prolific bisexual activist, researcher and journalist, along with her brand new guide, Bisexuality: Identities, Politics and Theories, is a theoretical way of the communities, identities, governmental and social organisations and relationships of bisexual identified individuals, in specific those in great britain. Drawing on Monro s research that is previous along with her collaborator Diane Richardson (Sexuality, Equality and Diversity), Colombian researcher Camilo Tamayo GГІmez together with impactful theories of KimberlГ© Crenshaw and others, Bisexuality can be an available social studies book that identifies and analyses key areas of the life of bisexual along with other non mono intimate people.

Bisexuality is broken into six chapters (plus an introduction) centering on social concept; inter sec tionality; sex, relationships, community and kinship; bisexuality, organisations and capitalism; bisexuality and citizenship; and bisexuality, activism, democracy and also the state. Monro s methodology would be to conduct interviews with people who recognized as bisexual and collate their experience that is anecdotal with literary works. Though Monro acknowledges that the sizes of her participant examples had been problematically restricted 25 Uk and 6 Columbian individuals the guide however provides an excellent theoretical framework for future study and includes analytical fundamentals to aid the anecdotal research throughout.

Monro observes that the mar that is academic lisa tion of bisexuality … has established a significant space in modern sexualities literary works (2), nevertheless the key findings for this guide will surely come as no real surprise to bisexual people in the LGBT community. Individuals within the research stage identified an awareness of mar gina l sation as bisexuals, in both basic culture plus in the community that is LGBT big. Bisexual people are not only mar ginalis ed within their communities but additionally erased, especially by solutions aimed at LGBT+ individuals health that is including and workplace inclusion. specific bisexualities as an example, ‘performative’ bisexuality (where the action has got the look of bisexuality no matter if the individual doing it will not determine as a result) among ladies had been additionally commodified by way of a capitalist look. Transgender politics had been therefore recommended as being an inroad that is relevant understanding bisexuality because:

numerous bisexual individuals are additionally trans or gender diverse, and … because the trans sex destabilisation of sex binaries while the motion towards other models, such as for instance seeing sex being a range in place of as discrete male/female groups, starts up a place for contemplating non binary models of sexuality (47 48).

Among the great talents for this guide is the fact that it generally does not homo genise experience that is bisexual a Western lens; the aforementioned engagement with trans politics happens to be beneficial in attaining this heterogeneity. The ability of Uk bisexuals (predominantly white (7)) is obviously differentiated from compared to Columbians, whoever recognition as authentically people that are bisexual been newer and whoever work with bisexual activism has already established mainly various objectives (by way of example, Colombian bisexual politics have actually intersected with post colonial identity making). The guide additionally deals in an even more way that is limited Indian non binary and bisexual teams such as for example hijras, watching that Indian bisexualities have actually encompassed not merely behavioural bisexuality, but additionally a ‘psychological dualism’ (67) that has been stigmatised by Uk colonialism. The section on Indian bisexuality hits me personally to be specially ripe for expansion in scholastic scholarship; right right right here, Monro is indebted towards the work of Venkatesan Chakrapani, L. Ramki Ramakrishnan among others.

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