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New York University Press

Relocations: Queer Suburban Imaginaries

Relocations: Queer Suburban Imaginaries

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What queer lives, loves, and possibilities teem within suburbia's little boxes?

Moving beyond the embedded urban/rural binary, Relocations offers the first major queer cultural study of sexuality, race, and representation in the suburbs. Focusing on the region humorists have referred to as "Lesser Los Angeles"--a global prototype for sprawl--Karen Tongson weaves through suburbia's "nowhere" spaces to survey our spatial imaginaries: the aesthetic, creative, and popular materials of the new suburbia.

Across southern California's freeways, beneath its overpasses, and just beyond its winding cloverleaf interchanges, Tongson explores the improvisational archives of queer suburban sociability, from multimedia artist Lynne Chan's JJ Chinois projects and the amusement park night-clubs of 1980s Orange County to the imperial legacies of the region known as the Inland Empire.

By taking a hard look at the cosmopolitanism historically considered de rigeur for queer subjects, while engaging with the so-called "New Suburbanism" that has captivated the national imaginary in everything from lifestyle trends to electoral politics, Relocations radically revises our sense of where to see and feel queer of color sociability, politics, and desire.

Author: Karen Tongson
Publisher: New York University Press
Published: 08/01/2011
Pages: 299
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.94lbs
Size: 8.94h x 6.14w x 0.76d
ISBN: 9780814783108

Review Citation(s):
Reference and Research Bk News 10/01/2011 pg. 99

About the Author
Tongson, Karen: - Karen Tongson is an Associate Professor of English and Gender Studies at the University of Southern California. She is co-editor for NYU Press's Postmillennial Pop series and is also co-editor-in-chief of The Journal of Popular Music Studies.

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