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Adam, B.D. (1987).
The rise of a gay and lesbian movement
. Boston, MA: TwaynePublishers.Although the Stonewall riots in New York City in June 1969 are generally considered thebeginning of the Gay Liberation movement, "the first social movement to advance the civilrights of gay people was found in Germany in 1897." Amplifying John Lauritsen and DavidThorstad's excellent Early Homosexual Rights Movement (1864-1935) (1974), sociologistAdam reviews the social, historic, and economic conditions surrounding the development of gay rights worldwide. Using secondary sources, he interweaves individuals, episodes, andexamples into an overall picture, chronicling the fits and starts of lesbian and gay rightsmovements to the present. An extensive list of references supplements the annotated selectedbibliography of this comprehensive international history.2.
phenomenology to productive use. Focusing on the ―orientation‖ aspect of ―sexualorientation‖ and the ―orient‖ in ―orientalism,‖ Ahmed examines what it means for bodies to
be situated in space and time. Bodies take shape as they move through the world directingthemselves toward or away from objects and others
. Being ―orientated‖ means feeling at
home, knowing where one stands, or having certain objects within reach. Orientations affectwhat is proximate to the body or what can be reached. A queer phenomenology, Ahmedcontends, reveals how social relations are arranged spatially, how queerness disrupts andreorders these relations by not following the accepted paths, and how a politics of disorientation puts other objects within reach, those that might, at first glance, seem awry.Ahmed proposes that a queer phenomenology might investigate not only how the concept of orientation is informed by phenomenology but also the orientation of phenomenology itself.Thus she reflects on the significance of the objects that appear
and those that do not
assigns of orientati
on in classic phenomenological texts such as Husserl‘s
. In developinga queer model of orientations, she combines readings of phenomenological texts
byHusserl, Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty, and Fanon
with insights drawn from queer studies,feminist theory, critical race theory, Marxism, and psychoanalysis.
points queer theory in bold new directions.3.