This two-volume Handbook provides a major thematic overview of global sexualities, spanning each of the continents, and its study, which is both reflective and prospective, and includes traditional approaches and emerging themes. The Handbook offers a robust theoretical underpinning and critical outlook on current global, glocal, and 'new' sexualities and practices, whilst offering an extensive reflection on current challenges and future directions of the field. The broad coverage of topics engages with a range of theories, and maintains a multi-disciplinary framework. PART ONE: Understanding Sexuality: Epistemologies/Conceptual and Methodological Challenges; PART TWO: Enforcing and Challenging Sexual Norms; PART THREE: Interrogating/Undoing Sexual Categories; PART FOUR: Enhancement Practices and Sexual Markets/Industries; PART FIVE: Sexual Rights and Citizenship (And the Governance of Sexuality); PART SIX: Sexuality and Social Movements; and PART SEVEN: Language and Cultural Representation.
Chapter 17: Multiple Estrangements in the Twilight Zone: Chronic Illness and Queerness in Southern Europe
Multiple Estrangements in the Twilight Zone: Chronic Illness and Queerness in Southern Europe
‘Happiness involves a way of being aligned with others, of facing the right way. The points of alignment become points of happiness', writes Sara Ahmed (2010: 45) in her meditation on happiness and queer aspiration. Happiness, success, self-fulfilment are all synonymous with expectations that ask for the ability to fit in: in the push for productivity, in able and well-functioning bodies, in the steps of heterosexuality (or, at least, of a respectable homosexuality). Inevitably, those who do not attain such demands are destined to be read as failures, misfits, and deviants. However, there ...