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Queering Paradigms V

Queering Narratives of Modernity


Edited By María Amelia Viteri and Manuela Lavinas Picq

The authors of this edited volume use a queer perspective to address colonialism as localized in the Global South, to analyse how the queer can be decolonized and to map the implications of such conversations on hegemonic and alternative understandings of modernity. This book is distinct in at least four ways. First, its content is a rare blend of original scholarly pieces with internationally acclaimed art. Second, it is a volume that blends theoretical debates with policy praxis, filling a gap that often tends to undermine the reach of either side at play. Third, its topic is unique, as sexual politics are put in direct dialogue with post-colonial debates. Fourth, the book brings to the forefront voices from the Global South/non-core to redefine a field that has been largely framed and conceptualized in the Global North/core.
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Nikita Dhawan - Homonationalism and state-phobia: The postcolonial predicament of queering modernities


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Homonationalism and state-phobia: The postcolonial predicament of queering modernities

The past decades have been ones of unprecedented sociocultural and legal gains for queer politics, including the decriminalization of antisodomy laws as well as the recognition of the human rights of sexual minorities internationally. But these achievements have been accompanied by a severe critique of queer racism, homonationalism and of the imperialist agenda of global gay politics (Massad 2007, Puar 2007). The employment of gender and sexuality as alibis for legitimizing violence against (religious) minorities within Europe as well as military interventions in the non-Western world has opened up fundamental questions regarding the future of feminism and of queer emancipatory politics. Even as I support the critique of the complicities of Western queer politics in neoliberal, imperial discourses and condemn the instrumentalization of sexual freedom as a means to sanction and harass minorities in the West as well as to stigmatize entire populations in the global South as repressive and backward, I am also extremely concerned and troubled by the state-phobia that plagues anti-homonationalism politics. The sole focus on queer racism and homonationalism in the global North makes it difficult to address homophobic and heteronormative practices and structures in diasporic communities and the postcolonial world. In contrast to limiting postcolonial queer critique to anti-homonationalism, I plead for a more complex, multidirectional politics that is directed at coercive practices across the postcolonial divide. Thus, anti-imperialist and antiracist critique of queer politics must be...

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