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The Queer Turn in FeminismIdentities, Sexualities, and the Theater of Gender$
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Anne Emmanuelle Berger

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780823253852

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823253852.001.0001

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Paradoxes of Visibility in / and Contemporary Identity Politics

Paradoxes of Visibility in / and Contemporary Identity Politics

(p.83) 3 Paradoxes of Visibility in / and Contemporary Identity Politics
The Queer Turn in Feminism

Anne Emmanuelle Berger

Fordham University Press

Chapter Three discusses the rhetoric of visibility that is prevalent in sexual minorities’ theory and politics today. Noting the shift on the part of oppressed or marginalized segments of the population in Western democracies from an emphasis on making themselves heard to an emphasis on rendering themselves visible, the author shows the formative role in this respect of the struggles of the US“ s most “visible“ yet most overlooked minority. Linking this "visibility drive" to the theatricalization of gender explored earlier, the chapter also probes the connections between "visibility", social identity, and the contemporary drive to power.

Keywords:   Visibility, Evidence, Display, Style, Identity, Identity politics, Power, Goffman, Butler, Derrida

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