The search for place and context: locating strategies of resistance in gay and lesbian subjectivity

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dc.contributor McKnight, Utz Lars
dc.contributor Smith, Joseph L.
dc.contributor Lahiri, Simanti
dc.contributor Petrovic, John E.
dc.contributor.advisor Miller, Ted H. Austin, Gregory Phillip 2017-03-01T14:36:58Z 2017-03-01T14:36:58Z 2010
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0000465
dc.identifier.other Austin_alatus_0004D_10601
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract This dissertation is about the nature of community and the substance of individual and collective subjectivity. Specifically, I interrogate the character of gay and lesbian subjectivity by investigating the ways in which the gay or lesbian subject is constituted through the discourse on same-sex marriage and military service. I argue that recasting gay subjectivity uncovers more meaningful ontological possibilities for the emergence of a new description of an individual who has relational and social attachments to a broader community while maintaining fidelity and integrity to descriptions of the self. I argue that gay subjectivity begins as a search for models, a search for examples, and of a representation of the self. Gay subjectivity is about a search for place and context in an environment that views homosexuality as merely a marginal sexual identity. It is in this environment that gay and lesbian subjectivity is produced through a heteronormative discourse that distorts what it means to be gay. I argue that marital equality and unqualified military service successfully fulfill the Foucaultian promise of meaningful resistance which allows for a fuller, more meaningful subjectivity to be embraced by gays and lesbians.
dc.format.extent 199 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
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dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
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dc.subject.other Political Science
dc.title The search for place and context: locating strategies of resistance in gay and lesbian subjectivity
dc.type thesis
dc.type text University of Alabama. Dept. of Political Science Political Science The University of Alabama doctoral Ph.D.

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