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Chapter 8 displaces the narrative that Soviet Marxism is relevant only to those parts of the world that have lived behind the so-called Iron Curtain. I develop the term “queer communism” by discussing the work of Susan Stryker, Jacques Rancière and postsocialist theorists. Because an anti-communist tradition in the United States has fundamentally shaped a right-wing rhetoric with roots in the Cold War, part of that rhetoric is a refusal not only of labor resistance, but also of gender anti-normativity. In drawing on a Cold War sci-fi – Jack Arnold’s It Came from Outer Space and Sean Baker’s Tangerine – I argue that queer liberalism in the USA has elided this alliance between trans and working-class politics. A Marxist dialectical method illuminates the trajectories of bodies socialized in eastern Europe, who have later become migrants under global capitalism.

De-centering queer theory

Communist sexuality in the flow during and after the Cold War

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