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Drag King Cultures

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This second chapter introduces Sydney’s drag king scene as both a critical object and a case study into a social scene for lesbian and queer women during the first two decades of the 21st century. By animating the historical and contemporary dimensions of drag against the longer tradition of performing masculinity, this chapter documents some of the complexities in specifying a universal drag king culture. Following recent work in human geography, this chapter then charts the temporal and spatial coordinates of Sydney’s local networked series of drag king events to outline the mobile conditions that made the scene’s emergence possible. Overall, this second chapter repositions the performance of gender through an engagement with the investments made in scene sites and sociality.

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