Queer theory

Disarticulating critical psychology

Authored by: Miguel Roselló Peñaloza , Teresa Cabruja Ubach

Handbook of Critical Psychology

Print publication date:  April  2015
Online publication date:  April  2015

Print ISBN: 9781848722187
eBook ISBN: 9781315726526
Adobe ISBN: 9781317537182


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To explain the complete social and political context in which the term ‘queer’ appeared would go beyond the limits of this chapter, and to try to define what the concept means exactly, is an idea we discarded. This, not only because the large diversity of understandings and uses of the term ‘queer’ which ‘contradict each other irresolvably’ (Jagose 1996: 99), but also because we take note of the warning given by Nikki Sullivan (2003: 43) when she pointed out that trying to do this is ‘a decidedly un-queer thing to do’. If we add to this the origin and contradictory development of ‘queer’ since it was claimed and appropriated in the US by activists at the end of the 1980s and beginning of the 1990s, with ACT UP and The Queer Nation Manifesto (1990) as the key actors, and its controversial inclusion in the academic field as a ‘uniqueersity banquet’ as Paco Vidarte called it (2005), then our task becomes even more complex.

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