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Spaces between UsQueer Settler Colonialism and Indigenous Decolonization$
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Scott Lauria Morgensen

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816656325

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816656325.001.0001

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Conversations on Berdache

Conversations on Berdache

Anthropology, Counterculturism, Two-Spirit Organizing

(p.55) Chapter 2 Conversations on Berdache
Spaces between Us

Scott Lauria Morgensen

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter presents conversations on berdache as spaces that produced queer modernities for Native and non-Native people in close relationship in the late twentieth century. The popularity of berdache was heightened when gay and lesbian politics expressed progressive legacies of U.S. anthropology. Gay and lesbian and allied anthropologists in the 1970s began to evaluate sexual conservatism in anthropology and U.S. society by creating the Anthropological Research Group on Homosexuality (ARGOH), later renamed the Society of Lesbian and Gay Anthropologists (SOLGA). The twentieth-century scholars linked the anthropology of homosexuality to the pursuit of sexual minority politics within anthropology. U.S. anthropology of homosexuality correlated research on homosexuality to the activist defense of gay and lesbian anthropologists. ARGOH made sexual minority politics a basis for anthropological knowledge production by promoting research on homosexuality and defending gay and lesbian anthropologists.

Keywords:   berdache, queer, Native, non-Native, gay, lesbian, sexual conservatism, anthropology, homosexuality

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