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Against CitizenshipThe Violence of the Normative$
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Amy L. Brandzel

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780252040030

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252040030.001.0001

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Intersectionalities Lost and Found

Intersectionalities Lost and Found

Same-Sex Marriage Law and the Monstrosities of Alliance

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(p.70) Chapter 2 Intersectionalities Lost and Found
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Against Citizenship
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Amy L. Brandzel

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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252040030.003.0003

This chapter situates the struggle over same-sex marriage as a matter of anti-intersectional, normative citizenship, arguing that marriage has been used by the nation-state as an effective means to produce a particularly racialized, gendered, heterosexualized, and colonized citizenry. Same-sex marriage advocacy has also exposed a somewhat surprising anxiety in that it points toward the intersectionality of gender, sex, and sexuality, thereby challenging the hegemonic anti-intersectional norm that these categories are separable and discrete. The second half of the chapter discusses how same-sex marriage rights has completely altered the terrain for queer critique of normative citizenship. By reframing Jasbir Puar and Amit Rai's analyses of monstrosity, it argues that queerness has lost its power of monstrous difference, which has been the performative modality by which queers have been able to launch progressive left critiques of the nation-state.

Keywords:   same-sex marriage, normative citizenship, queerness, monstrosity, Jasbir Puar, Amit Rai, anti-intersectionality

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