Robert Phillips cultural anthropologistrfphillips@bsu.edu

Publications

Book

Virtual Activism: Sexuality, the Internet, and a Social Movement in Singapore, Available now from the University of Toronto Press.

Peer-reviewed publications 

2020    A Higher Level of Immersion: A Contemporary Freshwater Mikvah Pool in Israel. In: Sacred Waters: A Cross-Cultural Compendium of Hallowed Springs and Holy Wells. Celeste Ray, ed. Pp. 213-218. London: Routledge.

2019    An Ambivalent Jewishness: Half Shabbos, the Shabbos App, and Modern Orthodoxy. Invited submission for inclusion in Anthropological Perspectives on the Religious Uses of Mobile Apps. Jacqueline Fewkes, ed. Pp. 43-59. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

2018    In/possibilities in the Field: Lessons from Jerusalem. In: Sex: Ethnographic Encounters, Richard Martin and Dieter Halle, eds. Pp. 169-177. London: Bloomsbury.

2014 Abjection. Short essay commissioned for the inaugural issue of Transgender Studies Quarterly, “Postposttranssexual: Key Concepts for a Twenty-First-Century Transgender Studies,’’ 1(1-2): 19-21.

2014 “And I am also gay”: Illiberal Pragmatics, Homonormativity, and LGBT Activism in Singapore. Manuscript solicited for a special issue of Anthropologica – “Queer Anthropology/l’anthropologie queer” 56(1): 45-54.

2013 “We aren’t really that different:” globe-hopping discourse and queer rights in Singapore. Journal of Language and Sexuality 2(1):123-145.

Book reviews and other publications

2016 Review of Gay Voluntary Associations in New York: Public Sharing and Private Lives. Anthropological Quarterly 89(1): 341-344.

2012 “Singaporean by birth, Singaporean by faith”: Queer Indians, Internet technology, and the reconfiguration of national and sexual identity. In Queer Singapore: Illiberal Citizenship and Mediated Cultures. Audrey Yue and Jun Zubillaga-Pow, editors. Pp. 187-196. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press

2012  Review of Falling into the Lesbi World: Desire and Difference in Indonesia. American Ethnologist 39(1): 218-219.

2010  Review of Queer Voices from Japan: First-Person Narratives from Japan’s Sexual Minorities. Asian Studies Review 35(1): 130-132.

2009   Gay and Lesbian Anthropology and Sex and Sexuality, Invited Entries. In Encyclopedia of Social and Cultural Anthropology. Alan Barnard and Jonathon Spencer, Editors. London: Routledge.

2007   Sanskrit Glossary and photographs. In Religion in India:  A Historical Introduction. Fred W. Clothey. London:  Routledge.

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