Homosexual rights as human rights : activism in Indonesia, Singapore, and Australia

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Offord, B 2003, Homosexual rights as human rights: activism in Indonesia, Singapore, and Australia, Peter Lang, Oxford; New York. ISBN: 0820459186


This book examines homosexual rights as human rights in the light of recent insights of cultural theory into identity, cultural values, rights discourse and homosexuality. The focus of the study is on the activist who is regarded as both the representative of perspectives, actions and attitudes as well as the embodiment of tensions and broader struggles that reflect and rupture dominant discourses of power. The book interrogates the homosexual activist and the theory and practice of human rights in three distinct nations: Indonesia, Singapore, and Australia. It discusses and analyses the ways in which activists in these three polites devise strategies of survival and negotiate the limits of justice. The interface between Australia and Southesast Asis is a poignant context, which highlights different and overlapping (Western and Asian) perspectives on notions of rights, law, identity, activism, culture, and sexualtiy.