Black queer freedom : spaces of injury and paths of desire / GerShun Avilez.

Avilez, GerShun, 1980- [Browse]
Urbana : University of Illinois Press, [2020]
xi, 184 pages ; 23 cm.


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"Whether engaged in same-sex desire or gender nonconformity, black queer individuals live with being perceived as a threat while simultaneously being subjected to the threat of physical, psychological, and socioeconomic injury. Attending to and challenging threats has become a defining element in queer black artists' work throughout the black diaspora. GerShun Avilez analyzes the work of diasporic artists who, denied government protections, have used art to create spaces for justice. He first focuses on how the state seeks to inhibit the movement of black queer bodies through public spaces, whether on the street or across borders. From there, he pivots to institutional spaces--specifically prisons and hospitals--and the ways such places seek to expose queer bodies in order to control them. Throughout, he reveals how desire and art open routes to black queer freedom when policy, the law, racism, and homophobia threaten physical safety, civil rights, and social mobility"-- Provided by publisher.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction: Freedom in restriction
  • PART ONE. THREATENED BODIES IN MOTION. 1. Movement in black: queer bodies and the desire for spatial justice
  • 2. Geographies of risk: migratory subjects and the uncertainty of travel
  • PART TWO. BODIES IN SPACES OF INJURY. 3. Uneven vulnerability: queer hypervisibility and spaces of imprisonment
  • 4. The shadow of institutions: medical diagnosis and the elusive queer body
  • Conclusion: Lives of constraint, paths to freedom
  • Notes
  • Index.
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