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Queer generations: Theorizing a concept

Marshall, Daniel; Aggleton, Peter; Cover, Rob; Rasmussen, Mary Lou; Hegarty, Benjamin

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This article reflects on the concept of ‘queer generations’ as developed in the context of an ongoing study about belonging and sexual citizenship among two social generations of gender and sexual minority youth in Australia. We define the concepts ‘queer’ and ‘generations’ in the context of recent theoretical interest in temporality in childhood and youth studies in an attempt to think differently about gender and sexual difference. The main theoretical tension that lies at the heart of this...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorMarshall, Daniel
dc.contributor.authorAggleton, Peter
dc.contributor.authorCover, Rob
dc.contributor.authorRasmussen, Mary Lou
dc.contributor.authorHegarty, Benjamin
dc.date.accessioned2020-12-01T04:58:14Z
dc.identifier.issn1367-8779
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/216622
dc.description.abstractThis article reflects on the concept of ‘queer generations’ as developed in the context of an ongoing study about belonging and sexual citizenship among two social generations of gender and sexual minority youth in Australia. We define the concepts ‘queer’ and ‘generations’ in the context of recent theoretical interest in temporality in childhood and youth studies in an attempt to think differently about gender and sexual difference. The main theoretical tension that lies at the heart of this article is how to take seriously the shared experience of growing up LGBT without insisting on a uniform narrative that is inherent to it. Drawing on an archival fragment from an HIV campaign produced in Australia and distributed in the 1990s and targeted at young gay and bisexual men, we consider the shifting conditions through which visibility has featured as a key problem for the deployment of sexual citizenship. This archival fragment is valuable because of the way that it problematizes the in/out, visible/invisible, gay/straight binaries that have dogged attempts to grapple with the at once individual and collective experience of growing up LGBT. The concept of ‘queer generations’ suggests critical insights into the limits and affordances of the production of generations as containers for generalized experience.
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherSage Publications Inc
dc.rights© The Author(s) 2019
dc.sourceInternational Journal of Cultural Studies
dc.titleQueer generations: Theorizing a concept
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume22
dc.date.issued2019
local.identifier.absfor160806 - Social Theory
local.identifier.absfor160805 - Social Change
local.identifier.ariespublicationu3102795xPUB3225
local.publisher.urlhttp://www.uk.sagepub.com/journals/Journal200946
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationMarshall, Daniel, Deakin University
local.contributor.affiliationAggleton, Peter, University of New South Wales
local.contributor.affiliationCover, Rob, The University of Western Australia
local.contributor.affiliationRasmussen, Mary Lou, College of Arts and Social Sciences, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationHegarty, Benjamin, Deakin University
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
dc.relationhttp://purl.org/au-research/grants/arc/DP150101292
local.bibliographicCitation.issue4
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage558
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage576
local.identifier.doi10.1177/1367877918821262
local.identifier.absseo970116 - Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
dc.date.updated2020-07-19T08:29:16Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-85061970846
CollectionsANU Research Publications

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