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Queer anthropology inherits the deeply entangled inceptions of “sexuality” and social science, which this essay reexamines as signs of racial and colonial intimacy. Following Lisa Lowe’s analytic of “the intimacies of four continents,” the chapter traces the intimately racial and colonial methods that characterized the ethnography of sexuality within scientific precursors to queer anthropology. Turning from primitivist “ethnocartography” toward the first modernist ethnography of Western sexual minorities, the chapter illustrates how both projects normalize whiteness among their authors and audiences by obscuring the intimacies that condition and inflect their formation. As queer anthropology attends to modernity’s enduring structures and creative possibilities, revisiting modern legacies of sexual social science further reveals their power to reproduce the violences against which anthropologists work.

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