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Under Bright Lights: Gay Manila and the Global Scene

Bobby Benedicto


Under Bright Lights vividly describes the emergence in twenty-first century Manila of a “bright lights” scene: a world composed of dance clubs, upmarket bars, party circuits, and other commercial sites that evoke images of a gay globe, but which remain bound to a landscape of disorder, mass poverty, and urban decay. Benedicto argues that queer world-making practices sustain elite desires for global modernity and the class, gender, and racial orders that structure urban life in the post-colony. Further, Benedicto analyzes how the fantasy of global gay modernity is imperiled during touristic jou ... More

Keywords: queer studies, transnational studies, postcolonial cities, homosexuality, globalization, urban theory, mobility, affect, Philippine studies, critical race theory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780816691074
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816691074.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bobby Benedicto, author