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QUEERING BELFAST: Some thoughts on the sexing of space (NIRSA) Working Paper Series. No. 19

Kitchin, Rob and Lysaght, Karen (2002) QUEERING BELFAST: Some thoughts on the sexing of space (NIRSA) Working Paper Series. No. 19. Working Paper. NIRSA - National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis.

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Abstract

In this paper we use data from interviews and focus groups with gay men, lesbians and bisexuals living in Belfast to provide a queer reading of the city. Drawing on the work of queer theory, we argue, contrary to much of the literature on sexuality and space, that space is neither purely encoded as ‘heterosexual’ or ‘gay’. Instead we posit that all space is queered, that the sexing of space is always partial and contested, always in a process of becoming; that heterosexist spatiality, for example, is profoundly unstable, continuously engaged in the process of reproducing itself. Reconceptualising socio-spatial relations in this way, we contend, allows for a more nuanced and differentiated, geographical reading of sexual dissidence, one that acknowledges the fluidity and complexity of individuals’ self-identifications with regard to sexual-orientation and their diverse spatialities, as evidenced in our interviews.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Keywords: space; queer theory; heterosexism; NIRSA
Subjects: Social Sciences > Geography
Social Sciences > NIRSA-National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis
Item ID: 1175
Identification Number: 19
Depositing User: NIRSA Editor
Date Deposited: 16 Jan 2009 12:11
Publisher: NIRSA - National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis
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