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Queer Migration Politics

Activist Rhetoric and Coalitional Possibilities

Karma Chavez

Publication Year: 2013

Tracing the growth of creationism in America as a political movement, this book explains why the particularly American phenomenon of anti-evolution has succeeded as a popular belief. Conceptualizing the history of creationism as a strategic public relations campaign, Edward Caudill examines why this movement has captured the imagination of the American public, from the explosive Scopes trial of 1925 to today's heated battles over public school curricula. Caudill shows how creationists have appealed to cultural values such as individual rights and admiration of the rebel spirit, thus spinning creationism as a viable, even preferable, alternative to evolution. In particular, Caudill argues that the current anti-evolution campaign follows a template created by Clarence Darrow and William Jennings Bryan, the Scopes trial's primary combatants. Their celebrity status and dexterity with the press prefigured the Moral Majority's 1980s media blitz, more recent staunchly creationist politicians such as Sarah Palin and Mike Huckabee, and creationists' savvy use of the Internet and museums to publicize their cause. Drawing from trial transcripts, media sources, films, and archival documents, Intelligently Designed highlights the importance of historical myth in popular culture, religion, and politics and situates this nearly century-old debate in American cultural history.

Published by: University of Illinois Press


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This is a book about coalitional moments, several of which have resulted in its completion. I want to begin by acknowledging my family of origin, including my paternal grandparents, the late Ruth Sánchez Chávez and Arthur Chávez, and my maternal grandparents, Virginia and the late Elmer Sinsel. ...


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Prior to 1990 gays and lesbians were legally excluded from migrating to the United States. The Immigration Act of 1990 effectively ended what was known as “homosexual exclusion.”1 President George H. W. Bush signed the act in the context of an already crucial time for gay, lesbian, and queer people in the United States. ...

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1. The Differential Visions of Queer Migration Manifestos

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pp. 21-48

For a brief moment in 2009, Shirley Tan and Jay Mercado, a binational lesbian couple living in California, became household names.1 The couple fought for Tan’s right to stay in the United States after she was denied political asylum and, apparently unbeknownst to the couple, placed in deportation proceedings. ...

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2. The Coalitional Possibility of Radical Interactionality

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pp. 49-78

Queercents is a special-interest website that features daily tips on financial matters, an LGBTQ perspective on money, and an array of stories that are likely relevant to a middle-class, US-based LGBTQ audience.1 Shortly after joining as a contributor, Yasmin Nair wrote an entry about the Uniting American Families Act. ...

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3. Coming Out as Coalitional Gesture?

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pp. 79-112

The “DREAM Act 21,” a group of self-identified undocumented youth activists dressed in graduation caps and gowns staged nonviolent sit-ins at the Washington, DC, offices of Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Harry Reid (D-NV), John McCain (R-AZ), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), and Charles Schumer (D-NY), on July 21, 2010.1 ...

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4. Coalitional Politics on the US-Mexico Border

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pp. 113-144

When Arizona voters approved Proposition 200 in 2004, requiring their fellow Arizonans to show proof of citizenship to vote or receive certain health benefits, it marked one of the first of many laws in the early twenty-first century targeting marginalized groups in the state.1 ...

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pp. 145-150

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced in late September 2012 that gay and lesbian couples would be regarded as “family relationships” in immigration deportation proceedings.1 This means that certain gay and lesbian couples will be treated like married or engaged heterosexual couples as officials evaluate deportation cases. ...


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E-ISBN-13: 9780252095375
Print-ISBN-13: 9780252038105

Page Count: 240
Publication Year: 2013

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  • United States -- Emigration and immigration -- Government policy.
  • United States -- Emigration and immigration -- Social aspects.
  • Immigrants -- Civil rights -- United States.
  • Gay rights -- United States.
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