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Globalization in India by Subarno Chattarji, Tapan Basu, Suman Gupta

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‘What the Heart Says’: Same-Sex Unions in the Context of Globalized Homophobia and Globalized Gay Rights

Ruth Vanita

This chapter examines how successive waves of globalization have affected and are affecting the construction, contestation and reception of same-sex unions. The unions in question are same-sex marriages and joint suicides, mostly by female couples that have been reported from all over India during the last twenty-five years. Ruth Vanita's recent book, Love's Rite: Same-Sex Marriage in India and the West, considers the historical, legal and religious implications of these unions in the context of the international debate on same-sex marriage today. Here, the focus is on how opposition to same-sex union as well as resistance ...

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