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Desired States: Sex, Gender, and Political Culture in Chile
by Lessie Jo Frazier
Rutgers University Press, 2020
Paper: 978-0-8135-9721-8 | Cloth: 978-0-8135-9722-5 | eISBN: 978-0-8135-9723-2
Library of Congress Classification HQ18.C5F73 2020
Dewey Decimal Classification 305.30983

Desired States challenges the notion that in some cultures, sex and sexuality have become privatized and located in individual subjectivity rather than in public political practices and institutions. Instead, the book contends that desire is a central aspect of political culture. Based on fieldwork and archival research, Frazier explores the gendered and sexualized dynamics of political culture in Chile, an imperialist context, asking how people connect with and become mobilized in political projects in some cases or, in others, become disaffected or are excluded to varying degrees. The book situates the state in a rich and changing context of transnational and localized movements, imperialist interests, geo-political conflicts, and market forces to explore the broader struggles of desiring subjects, especially in those dimensions of life that are explicitly sexual and amorous: free love movements, marriage, the sixties’ sexual revolution in Cold War contexts, prostitution policies, ideas about men’s gratification, the charisma of leaders, and sexual/domestic violence against women.

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