Sexual cityzenship: Discourses, spaces and bodies at Joburg Pride 2012

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Abstract

This article explores an incident that took place in the context of Joburg Pride 2012, where the activist group One in Nine Campaign attempted to temporarily stop the Pride parade through means of a die-in protest, resulting in resistance and violence on the part of the Pride participants. The article argues that Pride and the One in Nine protest are manifestations of two very different types of sexual cityzenship. Whilst Pride is an orderly claim to the urban environment that is founded on an alignment with state-sanctioned, rights-based discourses of gay and lesbian identity, the One in Nine protest is a spatial disruption that problematises the optimistic reliance on sexual identities as catalysts for political action. The article also seeks to offer a queer epistemology that questions the logocentric bias of research on discourse, space and citizenship by encompassing not only the visual but also and most importantly the corporeal.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)431-454
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Language and Politics
Volume14
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • History
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Linguistics and Language

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