Queer Praxis

The daily labors of love and agitation

Authored by: Dustin Bradley Goltz , Jason Zingsheim

The Routledge Handbook of Gender and Communication

Print publication date:  November  2020
Online publication date:  November  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138329188
eBook ISBN: 9780429448317
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9780429448317-39

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Abstract

This chapter interrogates the personal and relational work of queering in daily life—as labor, loving, agitation, and praxis. We approach queerness as an action, an ethic, and a relational project owned by no one and differently accessible to everyone. First, the chapter challenges the tendency for queerness to linger in the theoretical, positioning queerness in the material, lived, embodied, and relational—thus the performative—dimensions of queer lives and practices. Second, the chapter interrogates patterns that reduce the work of queer worldmaking to either gender queer or categorical queer postures, as well as re-centers white, cis, and masculine frameworks—calling for constant reflection, decentering, and accountability for who and how queerness is framed, what stories are centralized, and to whose benefit and exclusion. Third, the chapter looks to queer praxis as a daily and moment-by-moment resistance, an opportunity and radically contextualized action, rather than an identity or fixed position.

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