Prerna 1537249: Queer Theory and Sociology: Locating the Subject and the Self in Sexuality Studies (The remaining pages)

Green, Adam Isaiah. “Queer Theory and Sociology: Locating the Subject and the Self in Sexuality Studies.” Sociological Theory 25.1 (2007): 26-45. Web. 23 June 2016

In the latter section of his article, Green argues that queer theory seeks to negate the closure of ‘personage’ offered by lesbian and gay studies. Queer theory according to Green ” seeks to…demonstrate the ways in which the sexual subject defies taxonomic representation.” (34).  The author has further referred to Butler and Jagose to suggest that the basic aim of Queer theory is to denaturalize whatever constitutes our understanding of the ‘normal’.

The author has also gone on to talk about the four major factors that Queer Theory takes into consideration. First, queer theory aims at establishing the “disjunct in the performative interval.” ( Green 34). By this he implies that a queer subject cannot be understood within a heavily circumscribed social setup. Secondly, even if one were to deconstruct the said systems of social identifications, how would one go on to analyse the queer? Wouldn’t one still require some kind of categorisation? The author seems to raise the question as to whether or not is it possible to have a compelely deconstructionist approach.  However, his third argument states that if one studies a phenomena under the said subject positions, aren’t we then justifying and consolidating them. Lastly Queer theory considers any kind of identification to be intra-psychic i.e. an internalized subject position within a highly stratified social system.

Green argues that it is not only sexuality that is “constituted by a governing logic” ( 37) ; it has as its components, race and nationality as well. All these require an “urgent epistemological intervention through queer theory.” (37)

 

 

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