Forging Gay Identities

Author: Elizabeth A. Armstrong
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 0226026949
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Unlike many social movements, the gay and lesbian struggle for visibility and rights has succeeded in combining a unified group identity with the celebration of individual differences. Forging Gay Identities explores how this happened, tracing the evolution of gay life and organizations in San Francisco from the 1950s to the mid-1990s.

Susan Sontag

Author: Stephan Isernhagen
Publisher: Mohr Siebeck
ISBN: 9783161539367
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English summary: Susan Sontag was an icon who went on the intellectual warpath with Zolas and Voltaire, intervening time and again in politics. But how did Susan Lee Rosenblatt, as she was born in January 1933, come to be the colourful figure of New York's cultural scene that she was? As a woman who loved other women and had arrived virtually penniless with her son in late 1950s New York, how did she manage to establish herself in its largely heterosexual male-dominated literary scene of the 60s? Stephan Isernhagen locates Sontag in the cultural field of the east coast city and argues that the issues she was occupied with, the stances she adopted and the channels she directed her art criticism along had influenced New York's cultural scene long before her arrival. He works out the connection between Sontag's homosexual self-awareness, art criticism and how strongly her work as one of history's most important female intellectuals was influenced by the powers-of-society's repeated declaration of homosexual experience's inferiority. German description: Susan Sontag (1933-2004) gilt als Ikone, als streitbare Intellektuelle in der Tradition Zolas und Voltaires, die immer wieder in der Politik intervenierte. Doch wie wurde sie, als Susan Lee Rosenblatt im Januar 1933 geboren, zur schillernden Figur des New Yorker Kulturbetriebs? Wie schaffte sie es als Frau, die Frauen liebte und mit ihrem Sohn fast mittellos Ende der 1950er Jahre nach New York gekommen war, sich in der von grosstenteils heterosexuellen Mannern dominierten literarischen Welt der 1960er Jahre durchzusetzen?Stephan Isernhagen verortet Sontag im kulturellen Feld New Yorks und argumentiert, dass Themen, die sie besetzte, Haltungen, die sie sich aneignete und Kategorien, an denen entlang sie ihre Kunstkritik ausrichtete, den Kulturbetrieb New Yorks lange vor ihrer Etablierung in der Ostkustenmetropole pragten. Er arbeitet den Zusammenhang zwischen Sontags Selbstwahrnehmung als Homosexuelle und ihrer Kunstkritik heraus und zeigt, wie stark die von gesellschaftlichen Autoritaten immer wieder festgestellte Minderwertigkeit der homosexuellen Erfahrung die Kunstkritik einer Frau, die als eine der wichtigsten weiblichen Intellektuellen in die Geschichte eingegangen ist, pragte.

Stadt und Gesellschaft im Fokus aktueller Stadtforschung

Author: Antje Flade
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
ISBN: 3658073845
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Im vorliegenden Buch befassen sich Stadtforscherinnen und Stadtforscher aus den Bereichen Geschichte, Geografie, Soziologie, Stadtplanung, Ökologie, Psychologie und Medienwissenschaft mit Fragen zur Stadt. Durch die unterschiedlichen fachlichen Perspektiven entsteht ein ganzheitlicher Blick auf die Stadt mitsamt ihren aktuellen Problemen und Herausforderungen. Städte sind Lebensräume des Menschen, von ihm selbst geschaffene gebaute Umwelten, die zugleich etwas über die herrschenden politischen Systeme und gesellschaftliche Wertvorstellungen und Verhältnisse aussagen. Viele Fragen knüpfen an die charakteristischen Merkmale von Städten an: das Zusammentreffen vieler Menschen, die hohe soziale und bauliche Dichte sowie die zunehmende Heterogenität der städtischen Bevölkerung.

Gay Rights Movement

Author: Stephanie Watson
Publisher: ABDO Publishing Company
ISBN: 1624013589
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In the face of injustice, people band together to work for change. Through their influence, what was once unthinkable becomes common. This title traces the history of the gay rights movement in the United States, including the key players, watershed moments, and legislative battles that have driven social change. Iconic images and informative sidebars accompany compelling text that follows the movement from before the 1969 riots at the Stonewall Inn in New York City through activistsÍ work to end prejudice and up to new legislative triumphs in the twenty-first century. Features include a glossary, selected bibliography, Web sites, source notes, and an index, plus a timeline and essential facts. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards. Essential Library is an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.

The Social Movements Reader

Author: Jeff Goodwin
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118729951
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Providing a unique blend of cases, concepts, and essential readings The Social Movements Reader, Third Edition, delivers key classic and contemporary articles and book selections from around the world. Includes the latest research on contemporary movements in the US and abroad, including the Arab spring, Occupy, and the global justice movement Provides original texts, many of them classics in the field, which have been edited for the non-technical reader Combines the strengths of a reader and a textbook with selected readings and extensive editorial material Sidebars offer concise definitions of key terms, as well as biographies of famous activists and chronologies of several key movements Requires no prior knowledge about social movements or theories of social movements


Author: James Joseph Dean
Publisher: NYU Press
ISBN: 0814789412
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Since the Stonewall Riots in 1969, the politics of sexual identity in America have drastically transformed. It’s almost old news that recent generations of Americans have grown up in a culture more accepting of out lesbians and gay men, seen the proliferation of LGBTQ media representation, and witnessed the attainment of a range of legal rights for same-sex couples. But the changes wrought by a so-called “post-closeted culture” have not just affected the queer community—heterosexuals are also in the midst of a sea change in how their sexuality plays out in everyday life. In Straights, James Joseph Dean argues that heterosexuals can neither assume the invisibility of gays and lesbians, nor count on the assumption that their own heterosexuality will go unchallenged. The presumption that we are all heterosexual, or that there is such a thing as ‘compulsory heterosexuality,’ he claims, has vanished. Based on 60 in-depth interviews with a diverse group of straight men and women, Straights explores how straight Americans make sense of their sexual and gendered selves in this new landscape, particularly with an understanding of how race does and does not play a role in these conceptions. Dean provides a historical understanding of heterosexuality and how it was first established, then moves on to examine the changing nature of masculinity and femininity and, most importantly, the emergence of a new kind of heterosexuality—notably, for men, the metrosexual, and for women, the emergence of a more fluid sexuality. The book also documents the way heterosexuals interact and form relationships with their LGBTQ family members, friends, acquaintances, and coworkers. Although homophobia persists among straight individuals, Dean shows that being gay-friendly or against homophobic expressions is also increasingly common among straight Americans. A fascinating study, Straights provides an in-depth look at the changing nature of sexual expression in America. Instructors: PowerPoint slides for each chapter are available by clicking on the files below. Introduction Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 3 Chapter 4 Chapter 5 Chapter 6

Radical Theatrics

Author: Craig J. Peariso
Publisher: University of Washington Press
ISBN: 0295805579
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From burning draft cards to staging nude protests, much left-wing political activism in 1960s America was distinguished by deliberate outrageousness. This theatrical activism, aimed at the mass media and practiced by Abbie Hoffman and the Yippies, the Black Panthers, and the Gay Activists Alliance, among others, is often dismissed as naive and out of touch, or criticized for tactics condemned as silly and off-putting to the general public. In Radical Theatrics, however, Craig Peariso argues that these over-the-top antics were far more than just the spontaneous actions of a self-indulgent radical impulse. Instead, he shows, they were well-considered aesthetic and political responses to a jaded cultural climate in which an unreflective �tolerance� masked an unwillingness to engage with challenging ideas. Through innovative analysis that links political protest to the art of contemporaries such as Andy Warhol, Peariso reveals how the �put-on� � the signature activist performance of the radical left � ended up becoming a valuable American political practice, one that continues to influence contemporary radical movements such as Occupy Wall Street.

Black Citizenship and Authenticity in the Civil Rights Movement

Author: Randolph Hohle
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136739874
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This book explains the emergence of two competing forms of black political representation that transformed the objectives and meanings of local action, created boundaries between national and local struggles for racial equality, and prompted a white response to the civil rights movement that set the stage for the neoliberal turn in US policy. Randolph Hohle questions some of the most basic assumptions about the civil rights movement, including the importance of non-violence, and the movement’s legacy on contemporary black politics. Non-violence was the effect of the movement’s emphasis on racially non-threatening good black citizens that, when contrasted to bad white responses of southern whites, severed the relationship between whiteness and good citizenship. Although the civil rights movement secured new legislative gains and influenced all subsequent social movements, pressure to be good black citizens and the subsequent marginalization of black authenticity have internally polarized and paralyzed contemporary black struggles. This book is the first systematic analysis of the civil rights movement that considers the importance of authenticity, the body, and ethics in political struggles. It bridges the gap between the study of race, politics, and social movement studies.

Postwar History Education in Japan and the Germanys

Author: Julian Dierkes
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135193630
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How did East and West Germany and Japan reconstitute national identity after World War II? Did all three experience parallel reactions to national trauma and reconstruction? History education shaped how these nations reconceived their national identities. Because the content of history education was controlled by different actors, history education materials framed national identity in very different ways. In Japan, where the curriculum was controlled by bureaucrats bent on maintaining their purported neutrality, materials focused on the empirical building blocks of history (who? where? what?) at the expense of discussions of historical responsibility. In East Germany, where party cadres controlled the curriculum, students were taught that World War II was a capitalist aberration. In (West) Germany, where teachers controlled the curriculum, students were taught the lessons of shame and then regeneration after historians turned away from grand national narratives. This book shows that constructions of national identity are not easily malleable on the basis of moral and political concerns only, but that they are subject to institutional constraints and opportunities. In an age when post-conflict reconstruction and reconciliation has become a major focus of international policies, the analysis offers important implications for the parallel revision of portrayals of national history and the institutional reconstruction of policy-making regimes.

Citizen Protectors

Author: Jennifer Carlson
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199347565
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From gang- and drug-related shootings to mass shootings in schools, shopping centers, and movie theatres, reports of gun crimes fill the headlines of newspapers and nightly news programs. At the same time, a different kind of headline has captured public attention: a steady surge in pro-gun sentiment among Americans. A Gallup poll conducted just a month after the Newtown school shootings found that 74% of Americans oppose a ban on hand-guns, and at least 11 million people now have licenses to carry concealed weapons as part of their everyday lives. Why do so many Americans not only own guns but also carry them? In Citizen-Protectors, Jennifer Carlson offers a compelling portrait of gun carriers, shedding light on Americans' complex relationship with guns. Delving headlong into the world of gun carriers, Carlson spent time participating in firearms training classes, attending pro-gun events, and carrying a firearm herself. Through these experiences she explores the role guns play in the lives of Americans who carry them and shows how, against a backdrop of economic insecurity and social instability, gun carrying becomes a means of being a good citizen, an idea that not only pervades the NRA's public literature and statements, but its training courses as well. A much-needed counterpoint to the rhetorical battles over gun control, Citizen-Protectors is a captivating and revealing look at gun culture in America, and is a must-read for anyone with a stake in this heated debate.