Jon Binnie, who surely knows as much about these topics as anyone, assesses briskly the range of scholarship that has accumulated around sexuality, globalization and the local. Principal topics are the relations between the state and queerness, economic and social structures, diaspora, AIDS, postcolonial theory, migration, sex tourism and the city. Of course, these topics overlap, and in practice Binnie does not avoid repetition and redundancy (both locally, in the paragraph, and globally, across the book). The Globalization of Sexuality draws upon a great many published sources, affording a valuable starting point for various kinds of further work.

The founding question, in Binnie's book, is still the extent to which the modern state is discomposed by, or exploitative of, dissident sexualities. I would say that sexuality is a vastly powerful and conflicted component of any psyche and any social organization, and therefore...

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