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

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

Estimated reading time: ten full minutes

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

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

Surya Monro is really a prolific bisexual activist, researcher and author, and her brand 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 people, in specific those who work 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 in addition to impactful theories of KimberlГ© Crenshaw and others, Bisexuality is a accessible social studies book that identifies and analyses key components of the everyday lives of bisexual along with other non mono intimate people.

Bisexuality is broken into six chapters (plus an introduction) concentrating on social concept; inter sec tionality; sex, relationships, kinship and community; bisexuality, organisations and capitalism; bisexuality and citizenship; and bisexuality, activism, democracy in addition to state. Monro s methodology would be to conduct interviews with people who defined as bisexual and collate their experience that is anecdotal with literary works. The book nevertheless provides a solid theoretical framework for future study and brings together statistical foundations to support the anecdotal research throughout though Monro acknowledges that the sizes of her participant samples were problematically limited 25 British and 6 Columbian participants.

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 with this guide will surely come as no real surprise to bisexual people of the LGBT community. Individuals when you look at the research stage identified an awareness of mar gina l sation as bisexuals, both in 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 geared towards LGBT+ individuals health that is including and workplace inclusion. particular bisexualities as an example, ‘performative’ bisexuality (when the action gets the appearance of bisexuality even though the individual doing it will not recognize as a result) among women had been additionally commodified by way of a gaze that is capitalist. Transgender politics had been therefore recommended as a appropriate inroad to understanding bisexuality because:

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

One of several great skills of the guide is it doesn’t homo genise experience that is bisexual a Western lens; the aforementioned engagement with trans politics happens to be beneficial in attaining this heterogeneity. The knowledge of Uk bisexuals (predominantly white (7)) is actually differentiated from compared to Columbians, whose recognition as authentically bisexual individuals has been more modern and whoever work with bisexual activism has already established mostly various goals (as an example, Colombian bisexual politics have actually intersected with post colonial identity making). The book 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 just 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 educational scholarship; right here, Monro is indebted to your ongoing work of Venkatesan Chakrapani, L. Ramki Ramakrishnan yet others.

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