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Queer Cities, Queer Cultures
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Queer Cities, Queer Cultures examines the formation and make-up of urban subcultures and situates them against the stories we typically tell about Europe and its watershed moments in the post 1945 period. The book considers the degree to which the iconic events of 1945, 1968 and 1989 influenced the social and sexual climate of the ensuing decades, raising questions about the form and structure of the 1960s sexual revolution, and forcing us to think about how we define sexual liberalization - and where, how and on whose terms it occurs. An international team of authors explores the role of America in shaping particular forms of subculture; the significance of changes in legal codes; differing modes of queer consumption and displays of community; the difficult fit of queer (as opposed to gay and lesbian) politics in liberal democracies; the importance of mobility and immigration in modulating queer urban life; the challenge of AIDS; and the arrival of the internet. By exploring the queer histories of cities from Istanbul to Helsinki and Moscow to Madrid, Queer Cities, Queer Cultures makes a significant contribution to our understanding of urban history, European history and the history of gender and sexuality.
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Introduction Matt Cook (Birkbeck, University of London, UK) & Jennifer Evans (Carleton University, Canada) Pasts 1. The Queer Margins of Spanish Cities, 1939-2010 Richard Cleminson (University of Leeds, UK), Rosa Maria Medina Domenech (University of Granada, Spain) & Isabel Velez (independent scholar) 2. Capital Stories: Local Lives in Queer London Matt Cook 3. The Queer Road to Frisind: Copenhagen 1945-2012 Peter Edelberg (University of Copenhagen, Denmark) 4. Harmless Kisses and Infinite Loops: Making Space for Queer Place in 21st Century Berlin Jennifer Evans 5. From Stalinist Pariahs to Subjects of `Managed Democracy': Queers in Moscow 1945 to the Present Dan Healey (University of Oxford, UK) 6. Queer Amsterdam 1945-2010 Gert Hekma (University of Amsterdam, Netherlands) 7. Ljubljana: The Tales from the Queer Margins of the City Roman Kuhar (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia) 8. Mapping/ Unmapping: The Making of Queer Athens Dimitris Papanikolaou (Oxford University, UK) 9. Istanbul: Queer Desires between Muslim Tradition and Global Pop Ralph Poole (Salzburg University, Austria) 10. Queering Budapest Judit Takacs (Hungarian Academy of Sciences) 11. Two Cities of Helsinki? One Liberally Gay and One Practically Queer? Antu Sorainen (Academy of Finland) 12. Paris: `Resting on its Laurels'? Florence Tamagne (University of Lille, France) Closing Reflections 13. `Gays Who Cannot Properly be Gay'. Queer Muslims in the Neoliberal European City Fatima El-Tayeb (University of California, San Diego) 14. Seeing Like a Queer City Tom Boellstorff (University of California, Irvine)

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How city-specific identities and subcultures tap into wider European conceptions of lesbian, gay and queer culture.

About the Author

Matt Cook is Senior Lecturer in History and Gender Studies at Birkbeck, University of London, UK, and co-director of the Raphael Samuel History Centre. Jennifer V. Evans is Associate Professor of History at Carleton University, Canada.

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Cook and Evans' anthology offers a rich analytic assemblage of urban queer culture in Europe from 1945 to the present time ... This (reasonably priced) anthology serves as sound multidisciplinary textbook for students and scholars who want to gain multifaceted historical understandings of the dynamic interrelationships between queer, space and sociability in urban Europe and the intrinsically ambivalent and shifting mindsets about queer citizenship. -- Martin Zebracki, University of Leeds, UK * Gender, Place & Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography * Despite different approaches, each contributor provides an informative narrative that identifies key factors in a city's queer history: e.g., the memorialization of Nazi persecution of gays in Berlin, the fallout of the `sexual revolution' and Amsterdam's reputation as a tolerant `gay capital,' the mixing of Western secular and Muslim cultures in Istanbul, and life in Madrid as it moved from dictatorship to democracy ... A strong collection and a good introduction to contemporary European queer history. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. -- B. Lowe, Florida Atlantic University * CHOICE *

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