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Peril, privilege, and the queer comforts of transnational performative geographies: expatriate gay male nightlife in Dubai

Centner, Ryan and Pereira Neto, Manoel (2021) Peril, privilege, and the queer comforts of transnational performative geographies: expatriate gay male nightlife in Dubai. Geoforum. ISSN 0016-7185 (In Press)

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Abstract

This article investigates the intersection of expatriate experiences, queer men’s lives, and nocturnal geographies within the transnational Middle Eastern setting of Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). Although narrowly focused on cisgender men who self-identify as “Western” and “gay,” the study addresses a lack of research about LGBT presence among expatriates globally, and poor coverage of queer residents in Gulf cities generally. Using ethnography and in-depth interviews among this segment of men who have come to Dubai to work in relatively privileged professional roles for at least two years, we illuminate the shifting, performative geographies of queer belonging in which these men engage to distinguish spaces that can be embodied in different moments with degrees of comfort and caution. Despite their imperiled position in an officially homophobic territory, these men use their various privileges (economic, social, cultural, and sometimes phenotypic) to counter peril in performing transnational identities that reaffirm their own senses of self (as gay), forge new collectivities (as Western), and distinguish themselves from others deemed suspect (potentially anyone “non-Western”). Findings point to the uneasy dynamics of inclusion/exclusion in this kind of unfixed gay nightlife geography, and the need to study queer expatriates in other world settings, as well as queer lives in Gulf cities more broadly, from a further intersectional perspective: beyond nocturnal geographies, and encompassing the range of queer denizens, not just these most privileged.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://www.sciencedirect.com/journal/geoforum
Additional Information: © 2021 Elsevier Ltd
Divisions: Geography & Environment
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
Date Deposited: 03 Jun 2021 15:21
Last Modified: 26 Jun 2021 23:17
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/110762

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