Mapping Social Change through Youth Perspectives on Homosexuality in India

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Social representations theory (SRT) is considered a theory of social change, accounting for democratic transformations in knowledge. However, its applicability in the Global South, where there is a long history of subjugation, has not been sufficiently explored. This essay integrates the contributions of postcolonial theorists with the tools of SRT to track changes in knowledge structures among Southern youth. In doing so, it shows the limits imposed by an enduring colonial legacy and modern cultural imperialism on Southern youths’ ability to challenge hegemonic representations on their own terms. This is further illustrated by a case study on youth perspectives on homosexuality in India which utilizes data from interviews conducted in Bengaluru with three generations of middle-class families representing India’s three major religions. While the youth accepted homosexuality, elders displayed their resistance. Yet tolerance was perceived as a Western import, revealing an East-West divide in understandings of homosexuality.
Titel på värdpublikationThe Oxford Handbook of Global South Youth Studies
Antal sidor13
UtgivningsortNew York
FörlagOxford University Press
Utgivningsdatumdec. 2020
StatusPublicerad - dec. 2020
MoE-publikationstypA3 Del av bok eller annan forskningsbok


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