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Queer Globalizations

Citizenship and the Afterlife of Colonialism

Arnaldo Cruz-Malave, Martin Manalansan

Publication Year: 2002

Globalization has a taste for queer cultures. Whether in advertising, film, performance art, the internet, or in the political discourses of human rights in emerging democracies, queerness sells and the transnational circulation of peoples, identities and social movements that we call "globalization" can be liberating to the extent that it incorporates queer lives and cultures. From this perspective, globalization is seen as allowing the emergence of queer identities and cultures on a global scale.

The essays in Queer Globalizations bring together scholars of postcolonial and lesbian and gay studies in order to examine from multiple perspectives the narratives that have sought to define globalization. In examining the tales that have been spun about globalization, these scholars have tried not only to assess the validity of the claims made for globalization, they have also attempted to identify the tactics and rhetorical strategies through which these claims and through which global circulation are constructed and operate.

Contributors include Joseba Gabilondo, Gayatri Gopinath, Janet Ann Jakobsen, Miranda Joseph, Katie King, William Leap, Lawrence LaFountain-Stokes, Bill Maurer, Cindy Patton, Chela Sandoval, Ann Pellegrini, Silviano Santiago, and Roberto Strongman.

Published by: NYU Press


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To edit an anthology is to open yourself up to the words and worlds of experience of others, all the more so if the anthology is about the possibilities of queer collaboration and cross-cultural engagement globally. As cochairs of the “Queer Globalization, Local Homosexualities: Citizenship, Sexuality, and the Afterlife of Colonialism” conference, ...

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Introduction: Dissident Sexualities/Alternative Globalisms

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pp. 1-10

Queerness is now global. Whether in advertising, film, performance art, the Internet, or the political discourses of human rights in emerging democracies, images of queer sexualities and cultures now circulate around the globe. Representations of queer lives and desires in such mainstream Hollywood films as Philadelphia, To Wong Foo, and Go Fish, ...


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pp. 11

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1 The Wily Homosexual (First—and Necessarily Hasty—Notes)

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pp. 13-19

It is a commonplace that when Brazilian intellectuals travel to metropolitan sites, they are asked, How has Brazilian cultural production contributed to this or that critical theory, or how might Brazilian cultural production contribute to it? The question implicitly underscores not only the peripheral character of Brazilian culture ...

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2 Dissident Globalizations, Emancipatory Methods, Social-Erotics

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pp. 20-32

Since 1969 Native American activist/scholar Bea Medicine has begun her public speeches with the greeting, “All my kinspersons, with a good heart, and strong hands, I welcome you.”1 The aim of this greeting is to interpellate connection-by-affinity: to call up the proximities-of-being that can ally individual citizen-subjects into collectivity. ...

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3 “There Are No Lesbians Here”: Lesbianisms, Feminisms, and Global Gay Formations

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pp. 33-46

“There are no lesbians here.” Who might make such a statement and for what intellectual and political purposes? What counts as a lesbian? Where is “here”? Struggles with the meanings of this statement and its corollary questions today signal an intersection of feminism, lesbian and gay studies, and globalization processes. ...


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pp. 47

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4 Can Homosexuals End Western Civilization As We Know It? Family Values in a Global Economy

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pp. 49-70

What does it mean when Christian ministers stand up and say, “Homosexuality can end Western civilization as we know it”? Now, perhaps we “homosexuals” have secret powers that I don’t know about, but overall it’s difficult to say that something called “Western civilization,” particularly insofar as we are witnessing the triumph ...

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5 Family Affairs: The Discourse of Global/Localization

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pp. 71-99

In a talk presented at the CLAGS conference on Homo Economics and now published in A Queer World, Michael Piore argues that since the 1970s capitalism has become much more tolerant of diversity. He notes that there are more and more businesses catering to the gay market and he claims that “we are developing an entrepreneurial class, ...

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6 Redecorating the International Economy: Keynes, Grant, and the Queering of Bretton Woods

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pp. 100-133

John Maynard Keynes is often credited with the creation of the theory of the “national economy,” since the components of his General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money (1935) are all economic aggregates measured over a given geopolitical space (Radice 1984:112). Hence Keynes’s association with Fordism and Fordist nation-based systems ...

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7 Consuming Lifestyle: Commodity Capitalism and Transformations in Gay Identity

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pp. 134-146

I want to begin with some of the usual, but not for that reason any less sincere, disclaimers as to the provisional status of the claims—a series of hunches, really—unfolded here. In what follows, I am interested in tracing two narratives of transformation: (1) from industrial capitalism to postindustrial or commodity capitalism; ...


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pp. 147

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8 Local Sites/Global Contexts: The Transnational Trajectories of Deepa Mehta’s Fire

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pp. 149-161

In 1995 a group of Indian immigrant businessmen in New York City known as the FIA (Federation of Indian Associations) denied both SALGA (the New York–based South Asian Lesbian and Gay Association) and Sakhi (an anti–domestic violence women’s group) the right to march in the annual New York City India Day parade. ...

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9 Dancing La Vida Loca: The Queer Nuyorican Performances of Arthur Avil

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pp. 162-175

If in the not-so-distant past it was commonplace (albeit erroneous) to speak of Puerto Rico and its Diaspora as separate and distinct entities in a relationship of marked inequality—one in which the island was privileged as a “pure” or “authentic” space while the migrant population and its communities were seen as “tragically flawed” ...

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10 Syncretic Religion and Dissident Sexualities

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pp. 176-192

This essay presents a dissatisfaction with certain strains of thought within the political discourse on sexual orientation produced by economically and racially privileged segments of the gay and lesbian movement in the United States. I argue that the exportation of these knowledges on sexual orientation has a universalizing and homogenizing ...


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pp. 193

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11 Stealth Bombers of Desire: The Globalization of “Alterity” in Emerging Democracies

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pp. 195-218

In the early 1990s, a small number of young men in Taiwan awaited their interviews with psychiatrists who would certify them as homosexual and therefore unfit for obligatory (for males) military service. Unfortunately, the highly public 1993 American debates about gays in the military had not passed unnoticed by officials in Taiwan. ...

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12 “Strangers on a Train”: Sexual Citizenship and the Politics of Public Transportation in Apartheid Cape Town

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pp. 219-235

Homosexuality” as we know it in today’s South Africa is closely tied to the recent history of apartheid. As the following discussion will show, the technologies of apartheid—discrimination, displacement, enclosure, removal—regulated geographies and identities of male-centered, same-sex desire, just as they did for geographies and identities ...

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13 Like Blood for Chocolate, Like Queers for Vampires: Border and Global Consumption in Rodr

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pp. 236-264

Since the release of The Crying Game (1992), the 1990s have shown a global taste for “queer” films. Most of these films were originally released outside Hollywood (Farewell My Concubine, 1993; The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert, 1994; Fresa y Chocolate, 1994; Madame Butterfly, 1995).1 ...

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About the Contributors

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pp. 265-268

Joseba Gabilondo is an assistant professor at the Center for Basque Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno. He is finishing two books on ethnic minorities and postnationalism in Spain and Europe, which focus on the Basque case. He has published several articles on Hollywood cinema, Basque culture, and queer theory. ...

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About the Editors

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pp. 269-270

Arnaldo Cruz-Malav


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E-ISBN-13: 9780814790182
E-ISBN-10: 0814790186
Print-ISBN-13: 9780814716236
Print-ISBN-10: 0814716237

Page Count: 288
Publication Year: 2002