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Stanley I. Thangaraj

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780814770351

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814770351.001.0001

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Getting “Digits”

Getting “Digits”

Playing with Heterosexuality and Other Sites of Leisure

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Desi Hoop Dreams

Stanley I. Thangaraj

NYU Press

Spaces of leisure are interconnected. This chapter looks at how the basketball court is intricately tied into the dance party scene, especially in Atlanta. Demonstrating this link reveals how homosocial interactions are structured through various forms of compulsory heterosexuality and its connection to femininity. To negotiate a normative masculinity, the young men take to the party scene as a way to secure this masculinity in relation to women, heterosexual desire, and other South Asian American men. In the process, there are expectations of the body and bodily comportment in the dance party scene that differ from those in the sporting space.

Keywords:   leisure, compulsory heterosexuality, femininity, Atlanta, dance party scene

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