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Dennis Altman

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780226016061

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226016047.001.0001

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The Globalization of Sexual Identities

The Globalization of Sexual Identities

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Global Sex
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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

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