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Item Description George, Nicole en_US 2009-12-01T23:39:32Z 2009-12-01T23:39:32Z 2008 en_US
dc.identifier.citation George, N. 2008. Contending Masculinities and the Limits of Tolerance: Sexual Minorities in Fiji. Special issue, The Contemporary Pacific 20 (1): 163-89. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1043-898X en_US
dc.description.abstract Despite the fact that Fiji is one of only a handful of states to have given constitutional recognition to the rights of sexual minorities in its most recent constitution enacted in 1998, controversy over the issue of individual sexual orientation, and powerful condemnation of those who choose to publicly demonstrate a homosexual or transgender identity, has fl ourished in the public domain. The focus on male homosexuality has been predominant in this debate, with many infl uential political actors framing discourses of masculinity in ways that affi rm Christian ideals of morality while also reinforcing the Christian Church’s normative political authority. However, as this article demonstrates, public discourses of masculinity have also been articulated in a highly selective manner. This becomes clear when public debate that construes homosexuality in Fiji as a threat to the integrity of the country’s key social institutions is contrasted with some church and political leaders’ far more lenient responses to the forms of violent and lawless masculine behavior that predominated during the 2000 coup. While these developments have increased the political and social vulnerability of Fiji’s homosexuals, young gay men have also employed strategies that contest mainstream discriminatory attitudes. In this article, I describe how the terrain of sexual minority politics is confi gured in ways that authorize certain varieties of masculine behavior and subordinate others, and consider the strategies deployed by local gay males to contest homophobic sentiments articulated in the public domain. en_US
dc.language.iso en-US en_US
dc.publisher University of Hawai'i Press en_US
dc.publisher Center for Pacific Islands Studies en_US
dc.subject masculinities en_US
dc.subject homosexuality en_US
dc.subject nationalism en_US
dc.subject Christianity en_US
dc.subject Fiji en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Oceania -- Periodicals. en_US
dc.title Contending Masculinities and the Limits of Tolerance: Sexual Minorities in Fiji en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.type.dcmi Text en_US

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