Publication
Title
Homonormative dynamics and the subversion of culture
Author
Abstract
Queer critics talk more and more about a normalization process whereby early lesbian and gay struggles against traditional values and institutions are being replaced by the pursuit of inclusion within mainstream society. The assimilation of same-sex practices, critics contend, lowers the critical potential of homosexuals claims and marginalizes other less acceptable forms of sexualities. The present article contributes to this literature by tracing the roots and dynamics of normalization. It makes the claim that heteronormative categories infiltrated homosexual culture well before the spread of neoconservative gay movements and produced inner distinctions intended to exclude those who did not fit intergroup classifications. It then maintains that this analysis casts some interesting light on the current quest for gay rights, and in particular for same-sex marriage. By doing so, this article aims to tackle the broader question of how to produce societal changes able to circumvent rearguard reactions from the dominant culture.
Language
English
Source (journal)
European journal of social theory. - London, 1998, currens
Publication
London : 2015
ISSN
1368-4310 [print]
1461-7137 [online]
Volume/pages
18:1, p. 3-20
ISI
000350308100001
Full text (Publisher's DOI)
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UAntwerpen
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Publication type
Subject
Law 
Affiliation
Publications with a UAntwerp address
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Last edited 01.11.2017
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