Queer cities, queer cultures : Europe since 1945 by Jennifer V. Evans, Matt Cook

By Jennifer V. Evans, Matt Cook

Queer towns, Queer Cultures examines the formation and makeup of city subcultures and situates them opposed to the tales we normally inform approximately Europe and its watershed moments within the submit 1945 interval. The e-book considers the measure to which the enduring occasions of 1945, 1968 and 1989 encouraged the social and sexual weather of the resultant many years, elevating questions about the shape and constitution of the Nineteen Sixties sexual revolution, and forcing us to contemplate how we outline sexual liberalization - and the place, how and on whose phrases it occurs.

An overseas crew of authors explores the position of the US in shaping specific types of culture; the importance of adjustments in criminal codes; differing modes of queer intake and monitors of neighborhood; the tough healthy of queer (as against homosexual and lesbian) politics in liberal democracies; the significance of mobility and immigration in modulating queer city lifestyles; the problem of AIDS; and the coming of the internet.

By exploring the queer histories of towns from Istanbul to Helsinki and Moscow to Madrid, Queer towns, Queer Cultures makes an important contribution to our knowing of city historical past, eu historical past and the heritage of gender and sexuality.

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34 Among the many characters populating a depressed post-war Barcelona is Don Federico, the neighbourhood clock seller, who, despite the restrictions of the period, was probably ‘el hombre más educado y cortés de todo el hemisferio occidental’ [the most educated and polite man of the whole western hemisphere]. However, he was known for other qualities of a supposedly less decorous nature: ‘su predilección erótica por efebos musculados del lumpen más viril’ [his erotic preference for muscled ephebes of the most virile lumpen type] as well as certain transvestite tendencies.

2003), Backward Glances: Cruising the Queer Streets of New York and London. London: Reaktion Books, p. 8. 25 The relationship between fiction and fact and their inherence in the past and the present is explored sensitively in Bravmann, S. (1997), Queer Fictions of the Past: History, Culture, and Difference. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 26 Wallach Scott (1991), p. 400. 27 Young, R. J. C. (1995), Colonial Desire: Hybridity in Theory, Culture and Race. London: Routledge, p. 30. 28 Cf. the comments made by G.

62 Ortiz, A. M. and J. html (accessed 30 July 2010). 63 All quotations from ibid. v-feMv PvcOf4&featureyoutube_gdata (accessed 1 August 2011). v4_6Hnoy WASU&featureyoutube_gdata (accessed 26 January 2011). html. 67 Munárriz, A. es/espana/254011/primer/edificio/ viviendas/solo/gays (accessed 1 July 2010). The campaigner Jordi Petit has The queer margins of Spanish cities, 1939–2010 35 noted recently that equality in residences generally is a pending issue. See his comments in Bonet, N. es/noticia/247894/0/orgullo/gay/barcelona/, 15 June (accessed 2 August 2010).

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