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What Child Is This?: Closely Reading Collectivity and Queer Childrearing in Lackawanna Blues and Noah’s Arc
African American Review (2011)
  • Vincent L Stephens, Bucknell University
Abstract

Increasing hostilities toward intimate change are rooted in longstanding affective investments in a sexual normativity that oppresses multiple strands of intimacy, including African American kinship networks and same-sex coupling. Since homosexuality is always racialized sexuality and African American kinship patterns have always been marginal by U. S. heteronormative standards, the present essay unmasks the ways sexual normativity has obscured collectivity as a resistive strategy in the lives of two "alternative" intimate groups with important overlaps, black gay and lesbian communities and African American extended families. The essay interrogates sexual normativity by defining and affirming the relevance of black collectivity to contemporary black critical discourse on family structure and queer theoretical discourse on communality.

Keywords
  • kinship,
  • African American families,
  • queer families
Publication Date
Spring 2011
Citation Information
Vincent L Stephens. "What Child Is This?: Closely Reading Collectivity and Queer Childrearing in Lackawanna Blues and Noah’s Arc" African American Review Vol. 44 Iss. 1-2 (2011)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/vincent_stephens/3/