Contesting Anglo-American Privilege in the Production of Knowledge in Geographies of Sexualities and Genders

Katherine Browne

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Geographies of sexualities and gender identities have yet to fully grapple with AngloAmerican privilege in terms of the production of knowledge in this area and it is increasingly faced with these questions. I examine how privilege has been discussed through engagements with hetero/ homonormativities before exploring the contestations of the Global North and the increasing calls for queer thinking to be aware of its contextual specificities. A critical interrogation of AngloAmerican power geometries that create geographies of sexualities and gender is undertaken without reductively reproducing marginalisation/privilege binaries. It does this through a personal discussion of the author’s positions of power as a white, lesbian academic working in England. Heeding the warnings not to reiterate simplistic hierarchies of Global North/Global South, the paper also examines the complex flows of powergeometries, particularly that not all Anglophone scholars enjoy institutional and other privilege all the time. I conclude by contending that this requires systematic change and collective engagement with the geometries of power that define academic knowledge in this area.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)250-270
Number of pages21
JournalRevista Latino-Americana de Geografia e Genero
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2015

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  • Anglo­American hegemony; Sexualities; Privilege


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