The queer commons

Butt, Gavin and Millner-Larsen, Nadja, eds. (2018) The queer commons. GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, 24 (4). ISSN 1064-2684 (Accepted)

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The conventional idea of the commons—a resource managed by the community that uses it—might appear anachronistic as global capitalism attempts to privatize enclosures of social life. Against these trends, contemporary queer energies have been directed toward commons-forming initiatives that sustain queer lives otherwise marginalized by heteronormative society and mainstream LGBTQ politics, from activist provision of social services to the maintenance of networks around queer art, protest, public sex, and bar cultures. This issue forges a connection between the common and the queer, asking how the category “queer” might open up a discourse that has emerged as one of the most important challenges to contemporary neoliberalization at both the theoretical and practical level.

Contributors look to radical networks of care, sex, and activism present within diverse queer communities including HIV/AIDS organizing, the Wages for Housework movement, New York’s Clit Club community, and trans/queer collectives in San Francisco. The issue also includes a dossier of shorter contributions that offer speculative provocations about the radicalism of queer commonality across time and space, from Gezi Park uprisings in Turkey to future visions of collectivity outside of the internet.

Item Type: Edited Special Journal Issue
Schools and Departments: School of English > English
Depositing User: Gavin Butt
Date Deposited: 21 Feb 2018 13:16
Last Modified: 21 Feb 2018 13:27
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