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Queer Lovers and Hateful Others: Regenerating Violent Times and Places (Decolonial Studies, Postcolonial Horizons)

Haritaworn, Jin

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ISBN 10: 0745330622 / ISBN 13: 9780745330624
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Title: Queer Lovers and Hateful Others: ...

Publisher: Pluto Press

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Seeks to understand how post 9/11 society creates notions of negative racial / sexual myths, such as the new discourse on 'Muslim homophobia'. Series: Decolonial Studies, Postcolonial Horizons. Num Pages: 224 pages. BIC Classification: JFSK; JFSR. Category: (P) Professional & Vocational. Dimension: 144 x 222 x 22. Weight in Grams: 386. . 2015. Hardcover. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9780745330624

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Since 9/11, gay people have experienced relative liberation in parts of the Western world. Coinciding with queer and transgender activism, contemporary queer identity is changing: homosexuality has become acceptable within the army and the police, and (heavily de-sexualised) images of same-sex affection have become mainstream. In Queer Lovers and Hateful Others, however, Jin Haritaworn challenges this progression by exposing what happens to this discourse when sexuality and the racial or religious ?other? collide.

Haritaworn discusses how the sexual understanding of ?terror? has become increasingly prevalent across the globe in a destructive and overarching ideology. For example, they discuss how gendered images of Islam such as the veil and 'honour crimes' are circulated, largely unchallenged. They look at movements on the ground, such as how anti-Islam activists have been able to mobilise existing notions of 'Muslim sexism' in order to mainstream a new discourse on 'Muslim homophobia'.

Important, timely and innovative, this book provides an exciting engagement with pressing political issues regarding current trends within sexual and gender politics in the neo-colonial world order.

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Can there be a queer imperialism? In Queer Lovers and Hateful Others, Jin Haritaworn engages with pressing political issues of sexual and gender politics in the neo-colonial world order and discusses how the sexual understanding of ?terror? has become increasingly prevalent across the globe.

As images of same-sex affection become co-opted into the Western mainstream, Islamophobic politicians and pundits have been able to offer a new discourse on 'Muslim homophobia' to promote social control at home and imperial expansion abroad. They show how the same ugly tropes that were previously mobilised around questions of gender - such as the veil and 'honour crimes' ? have returned to the fore in new guises.

This innovative study argues that the figure of the ?most homophobic? country or community is but the newest kid on a block where colonised and racialised intimacies have been enmeshed and relational all along. A committed activist, Haritaworn asks not just how we should think about identity but also how we should enact it in political practice ? what it would mean to really decolonise gender and sexuality.

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