Neobugarrón: Heteroflexibility, Neoliberalism, and Latin/o American Sexual Practice. Columbus: The Ohio State University Press, 2023.

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Abstract

How should we understand the bugarrón, a man who has sex with other men while regarding himself as heterosexual? Reaching beyond queer and gay studies, Ramón E. Soto-Crespo’s research suggests that this paradoxical figure mutated into what he calls the “neobugarrón,” a neoliberal market-oriented actor who used the traditional sexual practice as an optimizing strategy for manipulating the forces of globalization during the 1990s.

In Neobugarrón: Heteroflexibility, Neoliberalism, and Latin/o American Sexual Practice, Soto-Crespo chronicles the cultural modifications of bugarrón, a distinct male-male sexual practice in Latin/o America and the Caribbean, during the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Working with and against Foucault and Kinsey to examine diverse works from anthropology, literature, cinema, and social media, he investigates a wide array of bugarrón sources, ranging from previously underexamined multimedia to ethnographies, fiction, films, and beyond. These works constitute a neobugarrón archive and attest to a sexual practice currently metamorphosing on the cusp of extinction. Soto-Crespo’s analysis challenges conventional understandings of “heteroflexible” sex between men and reveals a hitherto unnoticed transformation in neoliberal ecologies of bugarrón sexual practice.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Place of PublicationColumbus
PublisherThe Ohio State University Press
Number of pages210
ISBN (Electronic) B0CFHCVZ93
ISBN (Print) 0814215513
StatePublished - Sep 18 2023

Publication series

NameAbnormativities: Queer/Gender/Embodiment
PublisherScott Herring

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