Queerly Cosmopolitan

Bohemia and Belonging in a Brazilian Middle-of-Nowhere City

  • Timothy Eugene Murphy

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Be-longing

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
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  3. Queerly Cosmopolitan

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 73-73
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      Pages 75-95
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      Pages 97-120
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  4. Back Matter
    Pages 151-157

About this book


An ethnography of urban citizenship, global belonging, and queerness in a rapidly growing provincial city in the Global South, Queerly Cosmopolitan explores how people develop a sense of belonging in a city understood by many to be “unimportant” and “in the middle of nowhere.” In his exploration of the city of Teresina and its inhabitants’ attempts to establish a sense of belonging and self-worth, Timothy Eugene Murphy creatively employs queer theory to investigate a community of bohemians. As he follows the participants through different realms of life—nocturnal bohemia, work, family, and intimate friendships—Murphy demonstrates how widely circulating cultural forms, from music to sexuality, offer upwardly mobile communities ways to fashion cosmopolitan lives in even the most peripheral locations. 


Bohemia alternative communities sexuality queer communities globalization globalized queer nightlife intimate friendships cosmopolitan Teresina, Brazil Northern Brazil urban studies middle class class consciousness upward mobility social status ethnography Latin american studies

Authors and affiliations

  • Timothy Eugene Murphy
    • 1
  1. 1.Worcester State UniversityWorcester, MAUSA

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