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Queerying activism through the lens of the sociology of everyday life

Fish, Julie, King, Andrew and Almack, Kathryn (2018) Queerying activism through the lens of the sociology of everyday life SOCIOLOGICAL REVIEW, 66 (6). pp. 1194-1208.

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The approaching 30th anniversary of the introduction of the 1988 Local Government Act offers an opportunity to reflect on the nature of lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) activism in Britain. The protests against its implementation involved some of the most iconic moments of queer activism. Important though they are, these singular, totemic moments give rise to, and are sustained by small, almost unobtrusive acts which form part of LGB people�s everyday lives. This article aims to contribute to a re-thinking of queer activism where iconic activism is placed in a synergetic relationship with the quieter practices in the quotidian lives of LGB people. The authors interrogate a series of examples, drawn from three studies, to expand ideas about how activism is constituted in everyday life. They discuss the findings in relation to three themes: the need to forge social bonds often forms a prompt to action; disrupting the binary dualism between making history and making a life; and the transformative potential of everyday actions/activism. The lens of the sociology of everyday life (1) encourages a wider constituency of others to engage in politics, and (2) problematises the place of iconic activism. © The Author(s) 2017.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Sociology
Authors :
Fish, Julie
Almack, Kathryn
Date : 1 November 2018
DOI : 10.1177/0038026118758576
Copyright Disclaimer : Copyright The Authors 2018
Uncontrolled Keywords : Equality, Everyday life, Queer politics, Quotidian activism, Rights
Depositing User : Diane Maxfield
Date Deposited : 01 May 2019 09:30
Last Modified : 01 May 2019 09:30

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