Queering Narratives of Modernity
Edited By María Amelia Viteri and Manuela Lavinas Picq
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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