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Queering Paradigms II

Interrogating Agendas

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B. Scherer and Matthew Ball

This book offers a fundamental challenge to a variety of theoretical, social, and political paradigms, ranging from law and justice studies to popular culture, linguistics to political activism.
Developing the intellectual project initiated in Queering Paradigms, this volume extends queer theorizing in challenging new directions and uses queer insights to explore, trouble, and interrogate the social, political, and intellectual agendas that pervade (and are often taken for granted within) public discourses and academic disciplines.
The contributing authors include queer theorists, socio-linguists, sociologists, political activists, educators, social workers and criminologists. Together, they contribute not only to the ongoing process of theorizing queerly, but also to the critique and reformulation of their respective disciplines.

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Matthew Ball and Burkhard Scherer Introduction: Queering Paradigms, Interrogating Agendas The introduction to the first volume of Queering Paradigms suggested that to queer a paradigm is to of fer a challenge to “the hetero-/homonorma- tive and gender binarist assumptions of any given academic discourse.” As queer subjects defy the “seduction of identity by exclusion,” and celebrate “the whole potential of sexuality and gender f luidity and diversity,” any attempt to understand them through the lenses of fered by standard dis- course is destined to fail (Scherer 2010: 2). “Queer” is not simply a synonym for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Questioning/Queer (LGBTIQ) subjects, as common use might suggest. Rather, it ought to be read as a reference to all who defy being pigeon-holed, pushed to the margins, or being pressured to adopt common social narratives regarding gender and sexuality. While clarifying which subjects one refers to when using the term queer is a fraught task (rather at odds with the very idea of queerness), it must nevertheless be attempted if we are to ef fectively queer paradigms. Rather than a label or a category, queer might be understood as a disposi- tion, as ref lected in the quotes above. This disposition is concerned with challenging the assumptions underpinning social, intellectual, political, and cultural paradigms in relation to gender, sexuality, and identity, and ref lects the outlook of the contributors to this volume. However, this disposition is not concerned simply with the queering of paradigms as an activity of deconstruction,...

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