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Queer Migration PoliticsActivist Rhetoric and Coalitional Possibilities$
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Karma R. Chávez

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780252038105

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252038105.001.0001

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The Coalitional Possibility of Radical Interactionality

The Coalitional Possibility of Radical Interactionality

(p.49) Chapter 2 The Coalitional Possibility of Radical Interactionality
Queer Migration Politics

Karma R. Chávez

University of Illinois Press

This chapter explores the writing of Indian immigrant and queer migration activist Yasmin Nair. Nair's rhetoric offers unique coalitional moments premised in opposition and confrontation. She directly opposes the political orientation and conditions of belonging set forth by the mainstream LGBT immigration rights community since those conditions leave most migrants out. Nair's vision thus opposes the limited agenda of inclusionary politics that include only “good” people. Some have described her politics as utopian. The chapter argues that the positions she takes engender the rhetoric of radical interactionality, a form of rhetorical confrontation that starts critique from the roots of a problem and then shows how power and oppression interact to produce subjects, institutions, and ideologies to enable and constrain political response.

Keywords:   Yasmin Nair, inclusionary politics, radical interactionality, rhetorical confrontation, opposition

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