queer theory

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Definition

The theoretical reflection, developed in the humanities in the mid 1980s against a backdrop of growing theoretical interest in sexualities, which was coterminous with the civil movement’s adoption of the word ‘queer’, which previously had a pejorative meaning. The basic thesis on the positivity of ‘outlaw/justice’ sexuality status derives from questioning the normality and performativity of heterosexual identity.

Source(s)

Pilcher, J., and Whelehan, I. (2004). Fifty Key Concepts in Gender Studies, London, Thousand Oaks.

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