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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 IV: Questioning the Limits of Decorum: Strategies for Assimilation, Interrogation and Radical Transformation

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Section IV

Questioning the Limits of Decorum: Strategies for Assimilation, Interrogation and Radical Transformation

From the tensions of coalition, we move to explore the limitations and hegemonic workings of normative affects—socially acceptable expressions of emotion—particularly their intersectional collusions with whiteness and patriarchy. This section delves into the potentials and shortcomings of queered anger and queer decorum as alternative sites for queer political engagement. Suspicious of the disciplinary functions of calmed and institutionalized rationality, we process how the maintenance of decorum and the containment of anger can mask the symbolic and material violences that anticipate, vitalize, and fuel queer politics. Yet, we also examine how breaches of decorum and invocations of anger can function to both mobilize and/or erode support for queer political goals. Further complicating the role of these emotional expressions are the racialized and gendered histories and standpoints that inform their performances, embodiments, and receptions. Does queer resistance ever not violate normative affective registers? Is there such a thing as queered decorum? Is (queer) decorum always tied to normative assimilationist politics? Is there potential resistance in minimized affect? Is there queer love or a queer politic without anger? What are the temporal components of anger and decorum?

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