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By Jason Lim, Kath Browne

Contemporary years have visible a dramatic upsurge of curiosity within the connections among sexualities, house and position. Drawing confirmed and "founding" figures of the sphere including rising authors, this leading edge quantity deals a huge, interdisciplinary and foreign evaluation of the geographies of sexualities. Incorporating a dialogue of queer geographies, "Geographies of Sexualities" engages with leading edge agendas and demanding situations the orthodoxies inside geography concerning spatialities and sexualities. It includes unique and formerly unpublished fabric that spans the usually separated parts of conception, practices and politics. This leading edge quantity deals a trans-disciplinary engagement with the spatialities of sexualities, intersecting discussions of sexualities with concerns reminiscent of improvement, race, gender and different kinds of social distinction.

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She argues instead for a more nuanced conceptualisation of the negotiation of such presence and for a diverse understanding of how heteronormativity can be contested. Phil Hubbard’s reflections conclude this section by examining how queer has become ‘a game for all the family’. He argues that using queer to explore heterosexualities renders the boundaries between straight and LGBT problematic and contestable. Politics Building upon the previous considerations of sexualised spatial theory and of empirical engagements with the performance of sexualities in space, this section considers the politics of geographies of sexualities.

While this turn should be welcomed as a corrective to the early 1990s neglect of the social and economic components in sexuality studies, there is a danger that the erotic is again marginalised. In developing this discussion the chapter is constructed in the following way. The first part of the chapter provides an overview of debates on the relationship between sex, sexuality and geographical knowledge. A key concern in this section is the notion of a queer epistemology, and whether we can use the insights of queer theory to re-think how we conduct research on sexuality in human geography.

I think what Valentine really means to emphasise is the mundanising aspect of normalisation. There is also the potential embarrassment that queer students may feel regarding being lectured about queer sexuality by an older lecturer. The possibility that student and teacher may share very little other than a common disposition means that classes on sexuality and space may well produce dis-identification as easily as identification, in the same way that students may be embarrassed by pedagogic attempts to relate to popular and youth culture.

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