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Harris, Colette (2005) 'Desire versus Horniness: Sexual Relations in the Collectivist Society of Tajikistan.' Social Analysis, 49 (2). pp. 78-95.

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Abstract

Desire focuses on a particular object, while horniness stems from a generalized feeling of sexual arousal. In Tajikistan, people are discouraged from the former and are expected to experience their sexuality as the latter. The story of Rustam and the clashes with his father Malik over the choice of his bride serve to demonstrate the tensions between the two types of sexuality. Women have more difficulties experiencing desire than men, owing to the reification of the hymen and their expected subordination to their husbands. The conceptual differences between Rustam and his father are to some extent due to differences between collectivism and individualism. The concluding discussion suggests that Western culture may be less individualistic in this regard than is often believed.

Item Type: Journal Article
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Development Studies
Legacy Departments > Faculty of Law and Social Sciences > Department of Development Studies
ISSN: 0155977X
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): https://doi.org/10.3167/015597705780886275
Date Deposited: 22 Oct 2016 10:20
URI: https://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/20800

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