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Viral Desires: Enjoyment and Death in the Contemporary Discourse on Barebacking
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology. (Cultural matters group)
2019 (English)In: Death Matters: Cultural Sociology of Mortal Life / [ed] Holmberg, Tora; Jonsson, Annika; Palm, Fredrik, London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019, 1st, p. 129-150Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In an extreme form of barebacking, “bug-chasing” denotes a sexual practice in which individuals not infected by HIV consciously expose themselves to the virus through unprotected sex with infected partners. This phenomenon has recently received much attention in queer studies, and this chapter addresses how the most important account of bug-chasing to date, queer theorist Tim Dean’s book Unlimited Intimacy (2009), negotiates boundaries of sexuality and death. In particular it interrogates Dean’s claim that the aim of the practice is a sense of unlimited intimacy that would transcend the individual risk of physical death, and it argues that Dean idealizes barebacking, suppressing the role of death in sexual excitement.

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London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019, 1st. p. 129-150
Keywords [en]
barebacking, bug chasing, desire, sexual excitement, Tim Dean, psychoanalysis
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Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-400221DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-11485-5ISBN: 978-3-030-11485-5 (electronic)ISBN: 978-3-030-11484-8 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-400221DiVA, id: diva2:1380631
Available from: 2019-12-19 Created: 2019-12-19 Last updated: 2020-04-07Bibliographically approved

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