Relocations: Queer Suburban Imaginaries (Sexual Cultures) (Paperback)

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What queer lives, loves and possibilities teem within suburbia's little boxes? Moving beyond the imbedded 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.

About the Author


Karen Tongson is Associate Professor of English and Gender Studies at 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.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780814783108
ISBN-10: 0814783104
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication Date: August 1st, 2011
Pages: 280
Language: English
Series: Sexual Cultures