Queer theory and social change / Max H. Kirsch.

by Kirsch, Max H., 1953-Looking glass.

Publisher: London : Routledge, 2000.Description: x, 157 pages ; 24 cm.ISBN: 0415221846; 0415221854.Subject(s): Gay and lesbian studiesLooking glass | Gay men -- Social conditions | Homosexuality -- PhilosophyLooking glass | Lesbianism -- Philosophy | Lesbians -- Social conditions | Social changeLooking glassNote: Bibliography: pages 139-151.- Includes index.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

Queer Theory and Social Change argues that there is a crisis within Queer theory over whether or not its theories can actually deliver change.
Max Kirsch presents a challenging alternative to the current fascination with post-modern analyses of identity, culture, and difference. It emphasizes the need for a discussion of the importance of communities and the role of globalization on queer movements.

Bibliography: pages 139-151.- Includes index.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Acknowledgements (p. ix)
  • Introduction (p. 1)
  • The reception of theory (p. 2)
  • Generations of understanding and practice (p. 6)
  • The organization of this work (p. 10)
  • Part I Positioning Queer theory (p. 13)
  • 1 Crossroads (p. 15)
  • The current dilemma (p. 15)
  • The postmodern turn (p. 19)
  • The academic context (p. 30)
  • 2 Making Queer theory (p. 32)
  • Beginnings (p. 32)
  • Queer theory proper (p. 34)
  • Queer theory and diversity (p. 35)
  • Precursors (p. 37)
  • Class in Queer theory (p. 38)
  • Power and the production of ideology (p. 40)
  • The paradox of Queer theory (p. 42)
  • The use of the concept of culture (p. 43)
  • Part II Evaluating practice (p. 47)
  • 3 Considering sex, gender, and difference (p. 49)
  • The essentialist / constructionist debate: from troubles to difference (p. 53)
  • Queer and different (p. 57)
  • Solidarity and solitary analyses (p. 60)
  • 4 Capitalism and its transgressors (p. 65)
  • Capitalism, community, and identity (p. 66)
  • The transformation of the social sphere (p. 67)
  • The destruction of community (p. 68)
  • Communities in late capitalism (p. 69)
  • Politics and lifestyle (p. 72)
  • Consuming desire (p. 73)
  • Globalizing queer (p. 77)
  • 5 Meta-identity, performativity, and internalized homophobia (p. 79)
  • Academic stardom, performance, and the attributes of language (p. 79)
  • Roles and subversions: professing parody (p. 86)
  • Parody, imitation, and internalized homophobia (p. 90)
  • Part III Moving ahead (p. 95)
  • 6 From culture to action (p. 97)
  • What is political? (p. 98)
  • Identifying with social movements (p. 100)
  • The appropriation of energy (p. 103)
  • Resistance movements (p. 107)
  • Class, race, gender, and social resistance (p. 110)
  • Conclusion: theory, politics, and the community (p. 113)
  • The queer community (p. 115)
  • Queer communities as part-cultures (p. 116)
  • Developing strategy (p. 117)
  • The promise of civil society (p. 118)
  • Queer theory revisited (p. 121)
  • Notes (p. 124)
  • Bibliography (p. 139)
  • Index (p. 152)

Author notes provided by Syndetics

Max H. Kirsch is Associate Professor and Director of the PhD Program in Comparative Studies: The Public Intellectuals Program at the Florida Atlantic University, USA.

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