Relocations: Queer Suburban Imaginaries (Sexual Cultures) by Karen Tongson

By Karen Tongson

What queer lives, loves and percentages teem inside of suburbia’s little containers? relocating past the imbedded urban/rural binary, Relocations bargains the 1st significant queer cultural research of sexuality, race and illustration within the suburbs. targeting the area humorists have known as “Lesser Los Angeles”—a international prototype for sprawl—Karen Tongson weaves via suburbia’s “nowhere”spaces to survey our spatial imaginaries: the cultured, inventive and well known fabrics of the hot suburbia.

Across southern California’s freeways, underneath its overpasses and simply past its winding cloverleaf interchanges, Tongson explores the improvisational information of queer suburban sociability, from multimedia artist Lynne Chan’s JJ Chinois initiatives and the enjoyment park night-clubs of Nineteen Eighties Orange County to the imperial legacies of the area often called the Inland Empire. through taking a difficult examine the cosmopolitanism traditionally thought of de rigeur for queer matters, whereas attractive with the so-called “New Suburbanism” that has captivated the nationwide imaginary in every little thing from way of life tendencies to electoral politics, Relocations noticeably revises our feel of the place to work out and consider queer of colour sociability, politics and desire.

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