Gay/Queer Spaces in Tehran: Intimacy, Sociality, and Resistance
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The chapter provides empirical insights into how gay/queer Iranian men navigate their lives between different spaces—social, virtual, and physical—in order to accommodate their gay identity and sexual desires within the legal-social and Islamic context of modern Iran. By employing Foucauldian analytic frameworks that attend to questions of heterotopic spatiality, and in conjunction with Massey’s notion of power geometries and how space is produced, it illuminates the complexity of queer Iranian men’s spatio-temporal modes of sociality in relation to sexual practices and being gay/queer. It also draws attention to how spaces can be transformed, claimed, and even queered within the limits set by the dominant discourse on gender and sexuality.
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