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Queers doing theory : Australian queer student activist print media’s representations of capitalism

Rodgers, Jessica (2011) Queers doing theory : Australian queer student activist print media’s representations of capitalism. In Scherer, Burkhard & Ball, Matthew J. (Eds.) Queering Paradigms II : Interrogating Agendas. Peter Lang Publishing Inc..

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    Abstract

    Queer university student print media often represents capitalism in a framework which could be classified as Marxism. However, at the same time, queer student media extensively publishes ideas which could be classified as academic queer theory. This chapter features analysis of these representations from the 2003, 2004 and 2006 editions of national queer student publication, Querelle, and from a sample of queer student media from four Australian universities. The perspectives of Marxism and academic queer theory are often argued to be contradictory (See for example, Hennessy 1994; Morton 1996b; Kirsch 2007), and thus the students’ application of these theories in tandem could be considered problematic. McKee asks ‘Who gets to be an intellectual?’ (2004) and suggests that the intellectualising undertaken by mainstream and alternative cultural creators is just as valid as that undertaken by university academics. He also raises concerns that the concept of theory is seen to be kept separate from everyday culture (McKee 2002). This chapter argues that in the construction and representation of their politics in this manner the queer student activists are creating their own version of queer theory. This analysis of queer student media contributes to research on queer communities and queer theory, demonstrating how one specific cultural subset theorises queerness and queer politics, thereby contributing to the genealogy of queer.

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    ID Code: 40872
    Item Type: Book Chapter
    Keywords: Queer Media, Student Media, Queer Theory, Marxism, Capitalism, Queer Activism
    ISBN: 9783034302951
    Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > OTHER STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (169900) > Gender Specific Studies (169901)
    Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100) > Media Studies (200104)
    Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > CULTURAL STUDIES (200200) > Culture Gender Sexuality (200205)
    Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES (220000) > PHILOSOPHY (220300) > Social Philosophy (220319)
    Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
    Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
    Current > Schools > Journalism, Media & Communication
    Current > Schools > School of Justice
    Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Please consult the author.
    Deposited On: 03 Jan 2012 10:43
    Last Modified: 21 Feb 2014 06:10

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