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What's Queer about Europe?Productive Encounters and Re-enchanting Paradigms$
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Mireille Rosello and Sudeep Dasgupta

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780823255351

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823255351.001.0001

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Straight Migrants Queering European Man

Straight Migrants Queering European Man

(p.69) Straight Migrants Queering European Man
What's Queer about Europe?

Nacira Guénif

Fordham University Press

This chapter analyses France’s reluctance to accept encounters with morphing identities that confound a binary logic. Sexualizing religion, “religionizing” sexuality, gendering and racializing minority languages, whitening majority national language, sexualizing race, racializing sexuality: this unexpected range of combinations outlines a queer Europe. Yet, these queer forms often go unnoticed because their visibility is not discernible within the more recognizable modes of identity politics through which migrant, national, and colonial issues are publicly staged. Such queer assemblages expose the fiction of European universalism. The chapter argues that return of the European Man is a compensation for the threat of queer migrant bodies that confront Europe’s inability to imagine itself outside a white male/female binary.

Keywords:   Migrants, France, Universalism, Republicanism, Religion

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