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Queer Praxis

Questions for LGBTQ Worldmaking

Edited By Dustin Bradley Goltz and Jason Zingsheim

Amidst rapid advances of mainstream gay and lesbian platforms, questions of essential sexual identities, queered rituals of family, queered notions of intimacy, queer considerations of time, and the possibility and value of queered systems of relation are largely absent. Resisting the public face of a normative and homogenous gay and lesbian community, and embracing a broadened conception of queerness, this book brings together 29 writers – a diverse community of scholars, lovers, and activists – to explore queer theory and embodied experiences within interpersonal relations and society at large. Enacting a critical intervention into the queer theoretical landscape, the book offers an alternative engagement where contributors centralize lived experience. Theoretical engagements are generated in relation and in dialogue with one another exploring collectivity, multiple points of entrance, and the living nature of critical theory. Readers gain familiarity with key concepts in queer thought, but also observe how these ideas can be navigated and negotiated in the social world. Queer Praxis serves as a model for queer relationality, enlisting transnational feminist, critical communication, and performance studies approaches to build dialogue across and through differing subjectivities.
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Section III: Questioning Coalitional Politics: Privilege, Power and Working with and Across Difference

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Section III

Questioning Coalitional Politics: Privilege, Power and Working with and Across Difference

How might we stand together with and across lines of difference? The map for thinking through these coalitions is drawn through a radical reconceptualization of what it means to belong; what it means to politicize intimacy; what it means to envision lives and relations beyond the vanilla mandates of normativity. More than simply examining how queers may stand together, romanticizing notions of community and collectivity (or state-sanctioned equality), a queer approach to coalition works to maintain differing standpoints, political investments, histories, and embodied subjective experiences. Key questions guiding this section include: How do discourses of love, kinship, and identity constrict coalitional work across lines and relations of difference? How might coalitions be constructed in ways consistent with queer relations of belonging? How could a queer temporal orientation refigure current LGBTQ political agendas and resist hetero/homonormative investments? How do these issues manifest and dictate our daily, lived relations, interactions, and considerations?

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