The Lockdown of Koti Intimacies.

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Date: Spring 2021
From: Anthropology in Action(Vol. 28, Issue 1)
Publisher: Berghahn Books, Inc.
Document Type: Article
Length: 2,234 words
Lexile Measure: 1380L

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This article considers the way the outbreak of coronavirus and the subsequent lockdown have egregiously impeded the intimate life practices of Kotis, people who possess a distinct gender-variant identity in India. The Kotis, who subsist mostly on begging or sex work through cross-dressing, counter the hegemonic heteronormative 'bodyscape' that fetishizes bodily differences and reinforces normative intimate practices. Using narratives and documentary evidence on their lives, this article elaborates how Koti livelihoods and the intimate practices circumambient of such livelihoods are withering away because of the pandemic. Tragically today, they are branded as 'corona transmitters', and their intimate practices are stigmatised as 'infectious'. A restraint on their physical movement and gathering in public spaces due to the pandemic has ramifications not only for their livelihood, but also for their intimate practices and identity assertions. KEYWORDS: bodyscape, COVID-19, gender variant identities, intimate practices, Kotis, livelihoods

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