Sex Roles

, Volume 59, Issue 11–12, pp 906–908 | Cite as

Thinking Gay or Thinking Queer: Bridging the Divide Between Gay and Queer Studies

LGBT Studies and Queer Theory: New Conflicts, Collaborations, and Contested Terrain. Edited by Karen E. Lovaas, John P. Elia, and Gust A. Yep, Harrington Park Press, 2006, 340 pp. $32.00 (paperback). ISBN-13: 978-1-56023-317-6
  • James Joseph DeanEmail author
Book Review

A polarizing pattern in sexuality studies is the tendency to view lesbian and gay studies as mainly the province of scholars in the social sciences while associating queer theory with the humanities. Under this spotlight, a series of other binaries are invoked, such as differences in theoretical emphasis (e.g., constructionism/deconstructionism), disciplinary divides (e.g., communications/English) or general theoretical standpoints (e.g., modern/postmodern). Of course, this polarizing pattern has been addressed before and made a useful point of discussion. Edited books, such as Steven Seidman’s (1996) Queer Theory/Sociology, Peter Nardi and Beth Schneider’s (1998) Social Perspectives in Lesbian and Gay Studies, and Robert Corber and Stephen Valocchi’s (2002) Queer Studies: an Interdisciplinary Readerinaugurated debates and showcased scholarship on what queer theory has brought to bear on the social sciences and what the social sciences have brought to bear on queer theory....


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Sonoma State UniversitySan FranciscoUSA

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