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Merging mobilities: querying knowledges, actions, and chronotopes in discourses of transcultural relationships from a North/South queer contact zone

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In this article, we query binaries of mobility and immobility in language studies via an empirical focus on language/social practices in a site that bridges the global North and global South. To do so, we work from a Southern praxis perspective to analyze discourses/knowledges informing the performance of accounts from Cambodian men, interviewed about transactional same-sex relationship practices between (ostensibly immobile) local men and (ostensibly mobile) male tourists to Cambodia from the global North. The analysis focuses on a process in which participants’ chronotopic awareness of language shapes a negotiation of power, knowledge, and action with respect to these relationships. Encompassing the discursive positioning of selves and others through the deployment of relevant and affective chronotopes, the talk from these Cambodian men allows us to challenge assumptions about (im)mobility, awareness, agency, sexuality, and power, and demonstrate how these are accessed in multiple ways at this site of North/South contact.

Keywords: Cambodia; Mobility; agency; chronotopes; immobility; sexualities

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Department of English Language and Literature, Hong Kong Baptist University, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong SAR 2: School of English, The University of Hong Kong, Pok Fu Lam, Hong Kong SAR

Publication date: March 4, 2023

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