Quarkside

15/11/2011

Identity and Queer Theory

Filed under: Innovation — lenand @ 9:41 pm
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This was an adventure into a new domain by attending a lecture at the Institution of Engineering and Technology.

Queer is by definition whatever is at odds with the normal, the legitimate, the dominant. There is nothing in particular to which it necessarily refers. It is an identity without an essence. ‘Queer’ then, demarcates not a positivity but a positionality vis-à-vis the normative.

A completely new perspective on identity management.

“Queer theory developed out of an examination of perceived limitations in the traditional identity politics of recognition and self-identity. In particular, queer theorists identified processes of consolidation or stabilization around some other identity labels (e.g. gay and lesbian); and construed queerness so as to resist this. Queer theory attempts to maintain a critique more than define a specific identity.”

It has proved difficult to weave into Identity Management as previously discussed by Quarkside.  But, judging from the applause of 200 people, it meant an awful lot more to them.

Perhaps it can be used as support for the theory of managing multiple identities.

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