Disruptive Situations: Fractal Orientalism and Queer Strategies in Beirut (Hardback)Ghassan Moussawi (author)
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Publisher: Temple University Press,U.S.
Number of pages: 218
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm
"Disruptive Situations is a lucid and elegant inquiry into how LGBT and genderqueer Beirutis make sense of lives and identities forged through the multiple, unstable, and overlapping modernities of the city. Moussawi eschews Orientalist constructions of Beirut as the 'Paris of the Middle East' to explain these lives and their presence in the region. Instead, he turns our attention to the importance of the everyday-where city life is unstable, felt, and temporally marked-for 'queer' Beiruti flourishing. By teaching us how to think without the presumption of normal lives or stable times as anchors, Disruptive Situations is a work that arrives just in time." -Chandan Reddy, Associate Professor of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies, University of Washington, and author of Freedom with Violence: Race, Sexuality, and the U.S. State
" Ghassan Moussawi's conceptualization of queer tactics in the context of local, regional, and global politics provides an urgently needed alternative to modern liberal concepts of queer life in Beirut and the Arab region more broadly. This brilliant and pioneering ethnography is uniquely and importantly interdisciplinary, bringing together critiques of space, global politics, race, class, and sexuality. Disruptive Situations will change the way people think about the global politics of gender and sexuality."-Nadine Naber, Professor of Gender and Women's Studies and Global Asian Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago, and author of Arab America: Gender, Cultural Politics, and Activism
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