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Periodical article Periodical article
Title:Race and desire in the porno-tropics: Ethnographic perspectives from the post-colony
Author:Hendriks, Thomas
Year:2014
Periodical:Sexualities (ISSN 1363-4607)
Volume:17
Issue:1-2
Pages:213-229
Language:English
Geographic term:Congo (Democratic Republic of)
Subjects:sexuality
race relations
masculinity
pornography
External link:https://doi.org/10.1177/1363460713511100
Abstract:In this article I explore the limits of Anne McClintock's conceptualization of the 'porno-tropics' 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.
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