Peculiar Places: A Queer Crip History of White Rural Nonconformity (Paperback)
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Peculiar Places: A Queer Crip History of White Rural Nonconformity (Paperback)

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Published: 31/08/2021
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The queer recluse, the shambling farmer, the clannish hill folk-white rural populations have long disturbed the American imagination, alternately revered as moral, healthy, and hardworking, and feared as antisocial or socially uncouth. In Peculiar Places, Ryan Lee Cartwright examines the deep archive of these contrary formations, mapping racialized queer and disability histories of white social nonconformity across the rural twentieth-century United States.

Sensationalized accounts of white rural communities' aberrant sexualities, racial intermingling, gender transgressions, and anomalous bodies and minds, which proliferated from the turn of the century, created a national view of the perversity of white rural poverty for the American public. Cartwright contends that these accounts, extracted and estranged from their own ambivalent forum of community gossip, must be read in kind: through a racialized, materialist queercrip optic of the deeply familiar and mundane. Taking in popular science, documentary photography, news media, documentaries, and horror films, Peculiar Places orients itself at the intersections of disability studies, queer studies, and gender studies to illuminate a racialized landscape both profoundly ordinary and familiar.

Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226696881
Number of pages: 272
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm


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"Peculiar Places represents applied queercrip theory at its best. Cartwright's writing is lucid, even page-turning, and his scholarship sound and persuasive, arguing that sensationalized accounts of the disabled, dispossessed, and marginalized in twentieth-century rural America can be repurposed to unpack countless norms and deviancies. In its bold theoretical interventions, innovative historical analysis, and stunning argumentation, Peculiar Places is outstanding, a model of intellectual courage. This pathbreaking work will inspire and steer scholarship for decades to come." * John Howard, King's College London *
"By offering detailed analyses of quotidian encounters, Cartwright reveals the complex ways 'poor rural white folks living on the margins' were defined, pathologized, surveilled, and violated. But rather than present binary narratives of ableist victimization and heroic transgression, Cartwright underscores the way these same people often relied on racial hierarchies and settler claims to indigenous land. Peculiar Places offers a way of doing disability studies that can simultaneously recognize queercrip practices of interdependence and violence." * Alison Kafer, University of Texas at Austin *
"Offers generative contributions, more broadly, to the field of queer studies through a nuanced and complicated view of the rural, and. . . a necessary intersectional queer lens to rural studies. Ultimately, [Peculiar Places] asks the reader to interrogate not just ways of looking but also the implications of being seen. " * Cleveland Review of Books *
"Peculiar Places challenges the reader to consider the complex interconnections and interdependencies of race, class, gender, sexuality, and ability in rural spaces in an effective and accessible manner. As such, this book contributes to a better understanding of the anti-idyllic lens through which individuals are taught to read rural America." * Gender Forum *

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