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Queer Theory

  • In: Encyclopedia of Identity
  • Edited by: Ronald L. Jackson II & Michael A. Hogg
  • Subject:Self & Identity, Identity, Self & Identity

Queer theory is concerned with the philosophy of difference and marginality, and how language, meaning, and identity can be used for political ends to disempower minority groups. Compared with other branches of philosophy, the name itself is especially resonantintentionally vulgar and defiant. It simultaneously engages the original meaning of queer as unnatural, counterfeit, or deviant, and the effort by a minority group inspired by gay rights and theory to reclaim a term originally intended to wound and ...

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