New PDF release: Social Text 84-85: What's Queer about Queer Studies Now?

By David L. Eng, Judith Halberstam, José Esteban Muñoz

ISBN-10: 0822366215

ISBN-13: 9780822366218

This certain double factor of Social Text reassesses the political application of the time period queer. The mainstreaming of homosexual and lesbian identity—as a mass-mediated customer way of life and an embattled felony category—demands a renewal of queer reviews that still considers the worldwide crises of the past due 20th century. those crises, that are shaping nationwide manifestations of sexual, racial, and gendered hierarchies, contain the ascendance and triumph of neoliberalism; the conflict of spiritual fundamentalisms, nationalisms, and patriotisms; and the go back to “moral values” and “family values” as deterrents to political debate, financial redistribution, and cultural dissent.

In 16 well timed essays, the members map out an pressing highbrow and political terrain for queer reports and the modern politics of identification, family members, and kinship. jointly, those essays study the bounds of queer epistemology, the potentials of queer diasporas, and the emergence of queer liberalism. They reconsider queer critique in terms of the warfare on terrorism and the escalation of U.S. imperialism; the devolution of civil rights and the increase of the prison-industrial complicated; the continuing dismantling of the welfare kingdom; the recoding of freedom by way of secularization, domesticity, and marriage; and the politics of citizenship, migration, and asylum in a putatively postracial and postidentity age. Contributors. Michael Cobb, David L. Eng, Roderick A. Ferguson, Elizabeth Freeman, Gayatri Gopinath, Judith Halberstam, Janet R. Jakobsen, Joon Oluchi Lee, Martin F. Manalansan IV, José Esteban Muñoz, Tavia Nyong’o, Hiram Perez, Jasbir okay. Puar, Chandan Reddy, Teemu Ruskola, Nayan Shah, Karen Tongson, Amy Villarejo

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V, 1953). In general, sentencing has followed several patterns. In the case of consenting adults the trend has been decidedly reformist. In the early part of this century custodial sentences of an average of 6 months with hard labor and corporal punishment were usual. By the mid-1950s corporal punishment was no longer regarded as a suitable punishment (R v. C, 1959; R v. M , 1958). However, incarceration was considered mandatory. This is demonstrated in the comments of Judge Bresler in R v. S (1956): “whilst appreciating the great importance of reformative measures in this and similar types of cases,.

They expressed the view that labelling homosexuality as abnormal in S v. M (1990) was unfortunate, “as it might suggest a prejudgment of much current psychological and sociological opinion which is critical of various contentions and assumptions regarding human sexuality” (p. 550). Discriminatory Family Law Under South African family law gay and lesbian relationships are not prohibited by statute (Boberg, 1977). The Marriage Act makes no express mention that solemnization can take place only between a man and a woman.

To continue and subject himself to the possibility of further such acts” (p. 55). The comments indicate two competing points of censure: that a “native” should have been used to procure the conviction of the accused and that a police officer should have been permitted to “subject himself” to homosexual conduct. In a contrasting case, a white policeman from a farming town in Natal, nearing 50 and with 27 years’ service in the South African police, had a fallout with his wife. She threatened to leave him.

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