Lakkimsetti, Chaitanya individual record
Associate Professor

I am an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Women's and Gender Studies. My research interests are gender, sexuality, social movements,law and South Asia.

At the heart of my scholarship are questions about global inequality, based on the critical feminist perspective that the "margins" of society constitute important site for social transformation and knowledge production. Through my research projects i critically look at the impact of global HIV/AIDS health crisis on rights based claims on sexually marginalized groups in India.

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Academic Articles5
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  • Lakkimsetti, C (2017). Sexual States: Governance and the Struggle over the Antisodomy Law in India. Contemporary Sociology: A Journal of Reviews. 46(5), 593-595.
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  • Lakkimsetti, C. (2017). Home and beautiful things: Aspirational politics in dance bars in India. Sexualities. (4), 481.
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  • Lakkimsetti, C. (2014). HIV Is Our Friend: Prostitution, Biopower, and the State in Postcolonial India. Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society. 40(1), 201-226.
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  • Lakkimsetti, C. (2020). 1. HIV Is Our Friend. Legalizing Sex. 29-52. NYU Press.
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  • Lakkimsetti, C. (2020). 2. Challenging Bare Life. Legalizing Sex. 53-75. NYU Press.
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  • Lakkimsetti, C. (2020). 3. Empowered Criminals. Legalizing Sex. 76-100. NYU Press.
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  • Lakkimsetti, C. (2020). 4. Tolerable Identities, Intolerable Sex Acts. Legalizing Sex. 101-126. NYU Press.
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  • Lakkimsetti, C. (2020). 5. Interconnected Rights. Legalizing Sex. 127-146. NYU Press.
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Conference Papers1
  • Lakkimsetti, C. (2016). From Dance Bars to the Streets: Moral Dispossession and Eviction in Mumbai. positions: asia critique. 24(1), 205-230.
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Texas A&M University; Sociology; 4351 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843-4351