Sexual Identities, Queer Politics

Sexual Identities, Queer Politics

By: Mark Blasius (editor)Paperback

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In this collection, political and public policy analysts explore the social concerns of lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and the transgendered--what has come to be known as "lgbt" or "queer" politics. Compared to the humanities and to other social sciences, political science has been slow to address this phenomenon. Issues ranging from housing to adoption to laws on sodomy, however, have increasingly raised important political questions about the rights and status of sexual minorities, particularly within liberal democracies such as the United States, and also on an international level. This anthology offers the first comprehensive overview of the study of lgbt politics in political science across the discipline's main subfields and methodologies, and it spotlights lgbt movements in several regions around the world. Focusing on the politics of sexuality with regard to the politics of knowledge, the book presents a discussion of power that will interest all political scientists and others concerned with minority rights and gender as well as with transformation in the relations between public and private. The articles cover such topics as lgbt power in urban politics, the impact of public opinion on lgbt life, means of effecting legal and political change in the United States, and international differences in lgbt political activism. The authors represent a new cadre of political scientists who are creating an interdisciplinary domain of research that is informed by and in turn generates political activism. They are Dennis Altman, M. V. Lee Badgett, Robert W. Bailey, Mark Blasius, Cathy J. Cohen, Timothy E. Cook, Paisley Currah, Juanita Diaz-Cotto, Jan-Willem Duyvendak, Leonard Harris, Bevin Hartnett, Rosalind Pollack Petchesky, David Rayside, Rebecca Mae Salokar, and Alan S. Yang.

About Author

Mark Blasius is Professor of Political Science at the City University of New York (Graduate School and LaGuardia), where he is also a contributor to and beneficiary of the activities of the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (CLAGS). He is the author of Gay and Lesbian Politics: Sexuality and the Emergence of a New Ethic, co-editor of We Are Everywhere: A Historical Sourcebook of Gay and Lesbian Politics, and is completing a monograph on sexuality and social justice. Mark Blasius has worked to gain recognition of lesbian and gay research and professional status through the American Political Science Association.


ACKNOWLEDGMENTS vii INTRODUCTION Sexual Identities, Queer Politics, and the Status of Knowledge by Mark Blasius 3 PART ONE: COMPARATIVE AND INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVES 21 ONE The Structuring of Sexual Minority Activist Opportunities in the Political Mainstream: Britain, Canada, and the United States by David Rayside 23 TWO Identity Politics in France and the Netherlands: The Case of Gay and Lesbian Liberation by Jan-Willem Duyvendak 56 THREE Lesbian-Feminist Activism and Latin American Feminist Encuentros by Juanita Diaz-Cotto 73 FOUR Global Gaze/Global Gays by Dennis Altman 96 FIVE Sexual Rights: Inventing a Concept, Mapping an International Practice by Rosalind Pollack Petchesky 118 PART TWO: POLITICALLY THEORIZING HOMOSEXUALITY 141 SIX An Ethos of Lesbian and Gay Existence by Mark Blasius 143 SEVEN Queer Theory, Lesbian and Gay Rights, and Transsexual Marriages by Paisley Currah 178 EIGHT Punks, Bulldaggers, and Welfare Queens: The Radical Potential of Queer Politics? By Cathy J. Cohen 200 PART THREE: SEXUAL-IDENTITY POLITICS IN THE UNITED STATES 229 NINE Sexual Identity and Urban Space: Economic Structure and Political Action by Robert W Bailey 231 TEN Beyond Gay Rights Litigation: Using a Systemic Strategy to Effect Political Change in the United States by Rebecca Mae Salokar 256 ELEVEN Splitting Images: The Nightly Network News and the Politics of the Lesbian and Gay Movement, 1969-1978 by Timothy E. Cook and Bevin Hartnett 286 PART FOUR: SEXUALITY AND THE POLITICS OF KNOWLEDGE 319 TWELVE "Outing" Alain L. Locke: Empowering the Silenced by Leonard Harns 321 THIRTEEN Lesbians and Gays and the Politics of Knowledge: Rethinking General Models of Mass Opinion Change by Alan S. Yang 342 FOURTEEN Lesbian and Gay Think Tanks: Thinking for Success by M. V Lee Badgett 359 LIST OF CONTRIBUTORS AND AFFILIATIONS 377 NOTES ON THE CONTRIBUTORS 379

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  • ISBN13: 9780691058672
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 368
  • ID: 9780691058672
  • weight: 539
  • ISBN10: 0691058679

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