American Homo: Community and Perversity

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Jeffrey Escoffier traces the emergence of a gay and lesbian political identity over the last four decades in this wide-ranging collection of his most influential essays. Situating the development of gay and lesbian communities in a broad sweep of recent American history, Escoffier examines how an urban subculture created by stigmatized and invisible men and women evolved into a vital public community with an activist political aga and an influential position in contemporary American culture. Detailing what he ...
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Jeffrey Escoffier traces the emergence of a gay and lesbian political identity over the last four decades in this wide-ranging collection of his most influential essays. Situating the development of gay and lesbian communities in a broad sweep of recent American history, Escoffier examines how an urban subculture created by stigmatized and invisible men and women evolved into a vital public community with an activist political aga and an influential position in contemporary American culture. Detailing what he calls the "political economy of the closet," Escoffier argues that the market process often played a crucial role (for better or for worse) in the emergence of gay and lesbian communities, and conversely, that these new communities have significantly impacted the American marketplace. From the development of a camp sensibility in popular culture‹inspired by the erotic exhibitionism of drag queens‹to the public reformation of safer-sex guidelines, Escoffier demonstrates how the gay movement has gradually acquired both social authority and recognition as a booming market. Throughout the ongoing struggle for legitimacy, gays and lesbians have had to negotiate the historical tension between the homoeroticism that courses through American culture and periodic outbreaks of homophobic paranoia. Escoffier follows the lesbian and gay movement across the contested terrain of American political life between the poles of multiculturalism and the religious right, to reveal how sexual minorities constitute a challenge to American society even as they are thoroughly integrated as citizens and kin. From McCarthy-era witchhunts to the activism of Queer Nation, Escoffier vividly describesthecharacteristic American homosexual journey through the tangled political web of authenticity, identity, and community.

Author Biography: Jeffrey Escoffier is a writer, theorist, and deputy director for policy and research of the Office of Gay and Lesbian Health in New York City. He teaches Queer Social Theory at the New School for Social Research.

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In the deconstructionist tradition of Foucault and Marcuse, this collection of essays and articles by gay writer and educator Escoffier spans 15 years in the author's attempt to "recode" the sociopolitical identity of gays and lesbians in contemporary American life. Covering such topics as sexual revolution and the politics of gay identity, the political economy of the closet, and the limits of multiculturalism, the author traces the burgeoning political vitality of gays and lesbians and how that vitality challenges the traditional heterosexist political and economic hegemony. The author concludes that in order to overcome the antidemocratic agenda of the far Right, gays and lesbians will have to unite with other social movements in a Rainbow Coalition-type organization. The French intellectual tradition is very much alive in this work. Suited primarily for academic and large collections where queer social theory is read.--Jeffery Ingram, Newport P.L., OR
Judith Stacey
Escoffier has established himself as one of the senior statesmen in the field of gay and lesbian studies....This is a wise, original book from one of our finest.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520206328
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 9/30/1998
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 316
  • Product dimensions: 6.25 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeffrey Escoffier is a writer, theorist, and deputy director for policy and research of the Office of Gay and Lesbian Health in New York City. He teaches Queer Social Theory at the New School for Social Research.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
Pt. 1 Sexual Revolution 29
1 Sexual Revolution and the Politics of Gay Identity 33
2 The Political Economy of the Closet: Toward an Economic History of Gay and Lesbian Life before Stonewall 65
3 Homosexuality and the Sociological Imagination: Hegemonic Discourses, the Circulation of Ideas, and the Process of Reading in the 1950s and 1960s 79
Pt. 2 Intellectuals and Cultural Politics 99
4 Inside the Ivory Closet: The Challenge Facing Lesbian and Gay Studies 104
5 From Community to University: Generations, Paradigms, and Vernacular Knowledge in Lesbian and Gay Studies 118
6 Intellectuals, Identity Politics, and the Contest for Cultural Authority 142
7 Pessimism of the Mind: Universities and the Decline of Public Discourse 158
8 Under the Sign of the Queer: Cultural Studies and Social Theory 173
Pt. 3 From Identity Politics to Radical Democracy 186
9 The Limits of Multiculturalism: Identity Politics and the Transformation of the Public Sphere 190
10 Reflections on Queer Nation 202
11 Culture Wars and Identity Politics: The Religious Right and the Cultural Politics of Homosexuality 205
Conclusion: Meditations in an Emergency 223
Notes 229
Index 269
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