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In the last 15 years, queer movements in many parts of the world have helped secure the rights of queer people. These moments have been accompanied by the brutal rise of crony capitalism, the violent consequences of the ‘war on terror’, the hyper-juridification of politics, the financialization/managerialization of social movements and the medicalization of non-heteronormative identities/practices. How do we critically read the celebratory global proliferation of queer rights in these neoliberal times?

This book responds to the complicated moment in the history of queer struggles by analysing laws, state policies and cultures of activism, to show how new intimacies between queer sexuality and neoliberalism that celebrate modernity and the birth of the liberated sexual citizen, are in fact, reproducing the old colonial desire of civilizing the native. By paying particular attention to the problematics of race, religion and class, this volume engages in a rigorous, self-reflexive critique of global queer politics and its engagements, confrontations, and negotiations with modernity and its investments in liberalism, legalism and militarism, with the objective of queering the ethics of our queer politics.

Oishik Sircar is an assistant professor at the Jindal Global Law School, O.P. Jindal Global University, Sonipat. Oishik's areas of interest span critical jurisprudence, law and aesthetics, memory and violence, queer theory, postcolonial feminism, visual studies, law and social movements, cultures of human rights and critical pedagogies. Some of Oishik's writings have appeared in Childhood, Osgoode Hall Law Journal, Feminist Studies, Economic and Political Weekly, No Foundations, Human Rights Defender, and Unbound: Harvard Journal of the Legal Left, and Himal Southasian, among others. Oishik is the co-editor or New Intimacies, Old Desires: Law Culture and Queer Politics in Neoliberal Times (Zubaan, 2017), and the co-director of the documentary film We Are Foot Soldiers (PSBT, 2011). Oishik has previously served as the co-editor-in-chief of the Jindal Global Law Review and is currently on the advisory board of the Indian Law Review.

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