Banning Queer Blood: Rhetorics of Citizenship, Contagion, and Resistance

Banning Queer Blood: Rhetorics of Citizenship, Contagion, and Resistance

by Jeffrey A. Bennett
     
 

ISBN-10: 0817316647

ISBN-13: 9780817316648

Pub. Date: 07/14/2009

Publisher: University of Alabama Press

Banning Queer Blood frames blood donation as a performance of civic identity closely linked to the meaning of citizenship. However, with the advent of AIDS came the notion of blood donation as a potentially dangerous process. Jeffrey A. Bennett argues that the Food and Drug Administration, by employing images that specifically depict gay men as contagious, has

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Overview

Banning Queer Blood frames blood donation as a performance of civic identity closely linked to the meaning of citizenship. However, with the advent of AIDS came the notion of blood donation as a potentially dangerous process. Jeffrey A. Bennett argues that the Food and Drug Administration, by employing images that specifically depict gay men as contagious, has categorized gay men as a menace to the nation. The FDA's ban on blood donation by gay men remains in effect and serves to propagate the social misconceptions about gay men that circulating within both the straight and gay communities today.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780817316648
Publisher:
University of Alabama Press
Publication date:
07/14/2009
Series:
Albma Rhetoric Cult & Soc Crit Series
Edition description:
1st Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

1 Queer citizenship and the stigma of banned blood 1

2 Articulating abjection : negating citizenships of sacrifice and reproduction 27

3 AIDS memory, medicinal prudence, and the construction of social denial 55

4 Diseased citizenship and the rhetoric of scientific deliberation 83

5 Passing, protecting, and the arts of resistance : infiltrating the ritual space of blood donation 111

6 A radical tolerance of experimentation 141

Notes 157

Works cited 179

Index 189

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