This anthropological volume examines Latin American male homosexualities from theoretical, critical, ethnographic, ethnohistorical, and lexicological perspectives. The authors discuss male homosexualities in Spanish-speaking societies, in Brazil, and in indigenous societies in relation to family, society, culture, politics, economy, and ethnicity. They discuss homosexuality in pre-Columbian indigenous societies and in colonial and modern Latin America. Contributors explore wide-ranging issues such as homosexual categorization, machismo and homosexuality, the activo-pasivo cultural dichotomy, the gay image in Chicano fiction, male homosexuality and Afro-Brazilian possession cults, the gay movement and human rights, and others.
The twenty-two articles and essays in this volume demonstrate that Latin American homosexuality is complex and diverse across history, nationalities, and ethnicities. In addition to Stephen O. Murray, contributors are Manuel Arboleda G., Beverly N. Chiņas, Wayne R. Dynes, Peter Fry, Paul Kutsche, Luiz Mott, Richard G. Parker, Karl J. Reinhardt, Clark L. Taylor, and Frederick L. Whitam.