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Thinking queer
The social and the sexual in interwar Britain
in British queer history
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This chapter argues the importance of thinking queer in our practice as historians. Thinking queer provides a point of engagement with the burgeoning historiography on male same-sex relations that Chris Waters terms the 'New British Queer History'. Thinking queer enables a move beyond the thematic constraints of sexuality studies. The chapter explores the capacity of a queer historical practice to elucidate social and cultural formations that engage issues of sex and sexuality. In the interwar worlds class and status were increasingly situated in deceptive practices commonly associated with the fleeting traces of same-sex desire. The chapter also explores how sexual and social lives were apprehended and understood in interwar Britain. Portrayed as a ruthless adventuress, Josephine O'Dare and Sydney Fox existed within a common analytic frame overdetermined by the intersections of sex and social mobilities.

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