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Perverse Identities

Identities in Conflict

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Edited By Flocel Sabate

The urgent need for the study of exclusive identities in conflict is ever more apparent in a globalizing world in which societies are becoming multicultural and complex and in which inter-cultural contact and the co-existence of languages and cultures comes increasingly to bear on the construction of plural identities. The present book considers perversion in the construction of identity and the perverse usage of identity in areas such as social cohesion – xenophobia, racism, ostracism, rejection, ageism, marginalisation – and the mismanagement of linguistic identity, language groups and associated discriminatory practise arising out of historical and culturally based discrimination. The texts were submitted in an international meeting held in the Institute for Identities and Societies of the University on Lleida (Catalonia, Spain) in November 2012.
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Perversion, Urbanity and Homosexuals. Multidimensionality in the Sex Life of the City

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José Antonio LANGARITA

Universitat de Girona

Introduction

In this work, I hope to address the question of the construction of urban public space based on the critique of heterosexual logic and mount an analysis of the restrictions placed on sexual otherness and of the forms of control and stigmatization that derive from these restrictions. I hope to make an analysis of the sexualization processes of the city using the Spanish state as my principal point of reference. The urban space that manifests itself within the Spanish state isn’t so much a physical space as it is an ideological one1. It is an urban space that extends beyond simple architecture or the construction of buildings to contribute to the construction and defamation of ideas and truths themselves – a place in which legitimized conducts are predetermined along with an idea of which conducts should be supervised, sanctioned, and negated. Within these devalued conducts, one inarguably finds those which arise from shared desire between two people of the same sex.

This fact notwithstanding, absolute control based wholly and definitively on submission is a difficult exercise to carry out with an entire population2. No rule can be so strict and so absolute as to leave no room for its own violation. As Godelier points out, that which guarantees domination is not subjugation or violence against persons but the actual consent of the dominated to their domination, a consent which to a certain extent makes them cooperate...

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