Mobilizing Gay Singapore

9781439910313: Hardback
Release Date: 4th April 2014

9781439910320: Paperback
Release Date: 1st September 2015

Dimensions: 152 x 229

Number of Pages: 228

Series Sexuality Studies

Temple University Press

Mobilizing Gay Singapore

Rights and Resistance in an Authoritarian State

For decades, Singapore's gay activists have sought equality and justice in a state where law is used to stifle basic civil and political liberties. In her groundbreaking book, Mobilizing Gay Singapore, Lynette Chua asks, what does a social movement look like in an authoritarian state? She takes an expansive view of the gay movement to examine its emergence, development, strategies, and tactics, as well as the roles of law and rights in social processes. Chua tells this important story using in-depth interviews with gay activists, observations of the movement's activities-including "Pink Dot" events, where thousands of Singaporeans gather in annual celebrations of gay pride-movement documents, government statements, and media reports. She shows how activists deploy "pragmatic resistance" to gain visibility and support, tackle political norms that suppress dissent, and deal with police harassment, while avoiding direct confrontations with the law.  Mobilizing Gay Singapore also addresses how these brave, locally engaged citizens come out into the open as gay activists and expand and diversify their efforts in the global queer political movement.  
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For decades, Singapore's gay activists have sought equality and justice in a state where law is used to stifle basic civil and political liberties. In her groundbreaking book, Mobilizing Gay Singapore, Lynette Chua asks, what does a social movement look like in an authoritarian state? She takes an expansive view of the gay movement to examine its emergence, development, strategies, and tactics, as well as the roles of law and rights in social processes. Chua tells this important story using in-depth interviews with gay activists, observations of the movement's activities-including "Pink Dot" events, where thousands of Singaporeans gather in annual celebrations of gay pride-movement documents, government statements, and media reports. She shows how activists deploy "pragmatic resistance" to gain visibility and support, tackle political norms that suppress dissent, and deal with police harassment, while avoiding direct confrontations with the law.  Mobilizing Gay Singapore also addresses how these brave, locally engaged citizens come out into the open as gay activists and expand and diversify their efforts in the global queer political movement.  

Preface and Acknowledgments
 
1   Mobilizing Gay Rights under Authoritarianism
2   Legal Restrictions, Political Norms, and Being Gay in Singapore
3   Timorous Beginnings
4   Cyber Organizing
5   Transition
6   Coming Out
7   Mobilizing in the Open
8   Pragmatic Resistance, Law, and Social Movements
 
Appendix A: Research Design and Methods
Appendix B: Study Respondents: Singapore’s Gay Activists
Appendix C: Singapore’s Gay Movement Organizations and Major Events
Notes 
References 
Index

Lynette J. Chua is Assistant Professor of Law at the National University of Singapore.

"The in-depth exploration of a contemporary gay movement in an authoritarian state is a unique contribution to the study of social movements generally and gay rights specifically. The concept and examples of pragmatic resistance also provide a very compelling contrast to how much of the literature discusses political opportunity, resource mobilization, the means of activism, and the place of law and rights in social movements.... Chua's concluding discussion of the nature of law and the politics of rights in Singapore is terrifically compelling and invites pairing with many of the major Americanist texts on law and social movements. Taken collectively, Mobilizing Gay Singapore is an engaging read and a very welcome addition to the literature."--Law & Society Review