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Active Citizenship and the Governmentality of Local Lesbian and Gay Politics

By Davina Cooper


This paper explores the relationship between new forums of speakability and continuing unthinkability in the context of British local government lesbian and gay work, particularly post-1997. The paper argues new municipal speech acts ushered in progressive modes of sexual citizenship; at the same time, local government's refusal to think hard, deeply or critically, limited the modes of active citizenship made possible. The paper addresses the easing out of active citizenship through an analysis of local government's self-care and its intensification of firewalls - firewalls which restricted the possibility of certain non-state forces guiding from 'a distance'

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Publisher: Elsevier
Year: 2006
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