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Resisting the public at Gezi Park and beyond
Paul Gordon Kramer

12 The queer common: resisting the public at Gezi Park and beyond Paul Gordon Kramer This struggle is not something you can do on your own. There is a huge world out there just waiting to humiliate you, kill you – you need to be together to face all these threats. (Sedef Çakmak, Cumhuriyet Halk Partisi (Republican People’s Party), interview with author, Istanbul, 28 February 2014) Millions of people across Turkey protested against police violence, state totalitarianism, urban gentrification and a host of other concerns during the Gezi Park protests in late May

in The politics of identity
Piero Garofalo, Elizabeth Leake and Dana Renga

176 5 Queering internal exile on Italian screens Introduction The promotion of internal exile as holiday is particularly interesting when considering the experience of men sent to the islands (most commonly the Tremiti but also to Ustica) for suspicion of ‘pederasty’, as it was referred to at the time. As Lorenzo Benadusi explains, it is difficult to know exactly ‘how many people were sent to confino because they were thought to be homosexual’.1 Police records indicate that 88 political prisoners and 298 common criminals were sent to internal exile for

in Internal exile in Fascist Italy
History and representations of confino

Confino (i.e., internal exile) was a malleable form of imprisonment during the Fascist ventennio. Confinement allowed Mussolini to bypass the judiciary thereby placing prisoners outside magistrates’ jurisdiction. The Regime applied it to political dissidents, ethnic and religious minorities, gender nonconforming people, and mafiosi, among others. Recent political discourse in and beyond Italy has drawn on similar rationales to address perceived threats against the State. This study examines confino from a historical, political, social, and cultural perspective. It provides a broad overview of the practice and it also examines particular cases and situations. In addition to this historical assessment, it is the first to analyse confinement as a cultural practice through representations in literature (e.g., letters, memoirs, historical fiction) and film. English-language publications often overlook confino and its representations. Italian critical literature, instead, often speaks in purely historical terms or is rooted in partisan perspectives. This book demonstrates that internal exile is not purely political: it possesses a cultural history that speaks to the present. The scope of this study, therefore, is to provide a cultural reading that makes manifest aspects of confino that have been appropriated by contemporary political discourse. Although directed towards students and specialists of Italian history, literature, film, and culture, the study offers a coherent portrait of confino accessible to those with a general interest in Fascism.

Lucy Nicholas

and backlash from majority groups and are illustrative of pushback that occurs when ‘in’ groups are required to go beyond tolerance of clearly defined minority ‘out’ groups, having their perspectives decentred and being expected to change behaviour, and are useful for considering intergroup ethics. This chapter proposes the fruitful combination of queer ethics, post-tolerance political theory and the social psychology concept of ‘allophilia’ (love for the other) (Pittinsky, Rosenthal and Montoya 2011) as potential positive and practical alternative modes of relating

in The politics of identity
Place, space and discourse
Editors: Christine Agius and Dean Keep

Identity is often regarded as something that is possessed by individuals, states, and other agents. In this edited collection, identity is explored across a range of approaches and under-explored case studies with a view to making visible its fractured, contingent, and dynamic features. The book brings together themes of belonging and exclusion, identity formation and fragmentation. It also examines how identity functions in discourse, and the effects it produces, both materially and in ideational terms. Taking in case studies from Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and Latin America, the various chapters interrogate identity through formal governing mechanisms, popular culture and place. These studies demonstrate the complex and fluid nature of identity and identity practices, as well as implications for theorising identity.

Michael Loadenthal

illegalism, propaganda of the deed, revolutionary warfare, and the evolution of post-millennial, insurrectionary networks of attack. In attempting to trace this evolutionary genealogy, we will examine the strategy of Blanquism, the contribution of “classical anarchists,” the influence of the largely French, post-millennial theorists such as Tiqqun and TIC, and the contributions of shorter, anonymously authored publications. Following this account, we will focus on the contributions of Queer insurrectionary THEORY, TEXT, AND STRATEGY 135 praxis before examining the

in The politics of attack
Kelly Kollman

-sanctioned relationship recognition and its potential effects on same-sex couples, LGBT communities as well as the institution of marriage. Although these deliberations have proven both passionate and extensive, neither scholars nor activists have come to agreement on this issue. Many sexuality scholars, especially those working within the rubric of queer theory, remain sceptical of marriage and its ability to further the emancipatory aspirations of sexuality movements. These arguments have been countered by certain legal scholars and political theorists, who argue that the symbolism

in The same-sex unions revolution in western democracies
Tina O’Toole

tended to be stereotyped by queer theorists as separatist and deriving from old-fashioned, unreflective essentialism. Linda Garber (2001: 128) points out that in some queer theory (citing Haraway) Rich is caricatured and ‘reduce[d] to a sort of synecdoche for radical feminism’; while elsewhere (she cites Butler) key concepts such as compulsory heterosexuality are co-opted while their radical and lesbian-feminist roots are silenced or dismissed. While a full analysis of this phenomenon (which in any case Garber and others have more than adequately dealt with) is beyond

in Mobilising classics
Making and disrupting identity
Christine Agius and Dean Keep

theory and the notion of the ‘public sphere’ to understand how populations are governed in Chapter 12. Using the concept of the queer common, questions of identity are explored through space and sexuality in the case of the Gezi Park protests in Turkey in 2013 and the role of the LGBTQ community in state–societal relations. Kramer’s study points to a complex relationship between those considered ‘outside’ the state and those considered to constitute the ‘norm’ and institutions of the state. In the final chapter, using queer theory, Lucy Nicholas critically explores the

in The politics of identity
Critical theory and the affective turn
Simon Mussell

poststructuralism of Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari; the queer theory of Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick; the literary and cultural criticism of Lauren Berlant; the affect theory of Brian Massumi; the deconstructionism of Jacques Derrida; the theories of the postmodern of Jean-​François Lyotard and Fredric Jameson; the cosmopolitanism of Seyla Benhabib; the cyborg feminism of Donna Haraway; the post-​secular rationalism of Jürgen Habermas; the socialist-​ humanism of Zygmunt Bauman; and the ubiquitous Lacanian-​ Hegelianism of Slavoj Žižek, to name just some of the most prominent

in Critical theory and feeling