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Title: Race and desire in the porno-tropics: ethnographic perspectives from the postcolony
Authors: Hendriks, Thomas # ×
Issue Date: 2014
Series Title: Sexualities vol:17 issue:1/2 pages:213-229
Abstract: In this article I explore the limits of Anne McClintock’s conceptualization of the ‘pornotropics’ as a concept to understand the everyday lives of an isolated group of European expatriates working for a logging company in the Congolese rainforest. Based on long-term ethnographic research, I give a reading of two sets of images I encountered during my fieldwork – a soft-erotic calendar and a hardcore porn site – to come to a better understanding of the actual discourses and practices of interracial sex along the racial divide. To get a grip on the economy of desire at my fieldwork site, I focus on two figures who are largely overlooked by McClintock’s analysis: the continuing influence of the white woman as an ‘absent presence’ in the post-colony and the ambiguous presence of the black man as both an emasculating body and a resource in the construction of ‘white’ masculinities.
ISSN: 1363-4607
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Institute for Anthropological Research in Africa
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