Chapter 7. Tuskegee on the “Down Low”: A Bioculturalist Brings the Past into the Present

  1. Ellen Lewin professor2 and
  2. William L. Leap professor3
  1. Rachel Watkins assistant professor

Published Online: 24 APR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444310689.ch7

Out in Public: Reinventing Lesbian/Gay Anthropology in a Globalizing World

Out in Public: Reinventing Lesbian/Gay Anthropology in a Globalizing World

How to Cite

Watkins, R. (2009) Tuskegee on the “Down Low”: A Bioculturalist Brings the Past into the Present, in Out in Public: Reinventing Lesbian/Gay Anthropology in a Globalizing World (eds E. Lewin and W. L. Leap), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444310689.ch7

Editor Information

  1. 2

    University of Iowa, USA

  2. 3

    American University, USA

Author Information

  1. American University in Washington, DC, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 24 APR 2009
  2. Published Print: 17 APR 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405191029

Online ISBN: 9781444310689

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Keywords:

  • unpacking the engagements between sexuality and broader ideological positions;
  • Tuskegee on “down low” - bioculturalist brings past into present;
  • Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment [TSE];
  • US Public Health Service [USPHS];
  • biological effects of inequalities and fictions

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Racializing the Black Body: Intersections

  • The DL

  • Exaggerated Statistics

  • The Deviant Black Female as Narrative Lynchpin in Fictions of Racial and Sexual Fixity

  • Conclusion: Bringing the Past into the Present

  • References