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The introduction lays out the terrain for the volume: it defines and sets out the volume’s vision of queer anthropology and provides a brief history of queer anthropology (from colonial era pre-anthropology flora and fauna, to anthropology of homosexuality, to gay and lesbian anthropology, and then finally to queer) alongside a history of its institutionalization with the Association for Queer Anthropology (Society of Lesbian and Gay Anthropologists; Anthropology Research Group on Homosexuality). Lastly, it provides a full volume overview and chapter summary.

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