Queer-in the Sociology of Sport

Jayne Caudwell

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This interdisciplinary volume of thirty original essays engages with four key concerns of queer theoretical work – identity, discourse, normativity and relationality. A combination of distinguished and emerging scholars from a wide range of international locations, put the terms ‘queer’ and ‘theory’ under interrogation in and effort to map the relations and disjunctions between them. These contributors are especially attendant to the many theoretical discourses intersecting with queer theory – feminist theory, LGBT studies, postcolonial theory, psychoanalysis, disability studies, Marxism, poststructuralism, critical race studies and posthumanism to name a few. This Companion provides an up to the minute snapshot of queer scholarship from the past two decades, identifies many current directions queer theorizing is taking, while also signposts several fruitful avenues for future research. This book is both an invaluable and authoritative resource for scholars and an indispensable teaching tool for use in the classroom. Contents: Introduction: the ''q'' word, Noreen Giffney; Section 1 Identity: On being post-normal: heterosexuality after queer theory, Calvin Thomas; Why 5 sexes are not enough, Iain Morland; ''The scholars formerly known as …'': bisexuality, queerness and identity politics, Jonathan Alexander and Karen Yescavage; The curious persistence of lesbian studies, Linda Garber; ''Making it like a drag king'': female-to-male masculinity and the culture of boyhood, Bobby Noble; Phenomenology, embodiment and the political efficacy of contingent identity claims, Annabelle Willox; Queer posthumanism: cyborgs, animals, monsters, perverts, Patricia MacCormack. Section 2 Discourse: Queering, cripping, Todd R. Ramlow; Generic definitions: taxonomies of identity in AIDS discourse, Meredith Raimondo; Rethinking the place of queer and the erotic within geographies of sexualities, Jon Binnie; ''To play the sodomits'': a query in 5 actions, Garrett P.J. Epp; Queer but classless, Yvette Taylor; Queer-in the sociology of sport, Jayne Caudwell; ''Things that have the potential to go terribly wrong'': homosexuality, paedophilia and the Kincora Boys'' Home scandal, Margot Gayle Backus. Section 3 Normativity: Queer theory goes to Taiwan, Song Hwee Lim; Queer theory meets archaeology: disrupting epistemological privilege and heteronormativity in constructing the past, Thomas Dowson; ''A queer case of judicial diversity'': sexuality, law and judicial studies, Les Moran; Queerying lesbian and gay psychology''s ''coming of age'': was the past just kid stuff?, Peter Hegarty; ''Nothing to hide … nothing to fear'': discriminatory surveillance and queer visibility in Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Kathryn Conrad; Biologically queer, Myra J. Hird; The new queer cartoon, Noreen Giffney; post-queer considerations, David V. Ruffolo. Section 4 Relationality: Intimate counter-normativities: a queer analysis of personal life in the early 21st century, Sasha Roseneil; Queer middle ages, Steven F. Kruger; ''Smacking my bitch up'' - queer or what?, Nikki Sullivan; ''Quare'' studies, or (almost) everything I know about queer studies I learned from my grandmother, E. Patrick Johnson; ''A strange perversity'': bringing out desire between women in Frankenstein, Mair Rigby; Sex and the lubricative ethic, Dinesh Wadiwel; All Foucault and no knickers? Assessing claims for a queer-political erotics, Tamsin Wilton.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Ashgate Research Companion to Queer Theory
EditorsN. Giffney, M. O’Rourke
Place of PublicationAldershot
PublisherAshgate Publishing
Number of pages28
ISBN (Print)9780754671350
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2009


  • Queer theory
  • Sociology of Sport


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