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Discourses of Global Queer Mobility and the Mediatization of Equality



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ISBN 9780367521721
September 21, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
288 Pages 34 B/W Illustrations

 
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Book Description

This book critically unpacks the why and how around everyday rhetorics and slogans promoting global LGBTQ equality. Examining the means by which particular discourses of progress and hope are circulated globally, it offers unique insights into how LGBTQ livelihoods, relationships, and social movements are legitimated and valued in contemporary society.

Adopting an innovative critical discourse-ethnographic approach, Comer draws on scholarship from the sociolinguistics of global mobility, queer linguistics, and digital media studies, offering in-depth analyses of representations of LGBTQ identity across a range of domains. The volume examines semiotic linkages between: LGBTQ tourism marketing; Cape Town, South Africa, as a locus for contemporary ideologies of global mobility and equality; diversity management practices framing LGBTQ equality as a business imperative; and, humanitarian discourses within transnational LGBTQ advocacy. Autoethnographic vignettes and principles from within queer theory are incorporated by Comer’s critical discourse-ethnographic approach, giving voice to personal experience in order to sharpen scholarly understanding of the relationships between everyday ‘social voices’, globalized neoliberal political economy, and the media.

Taken together, the volume expansively (if queerly) maps what Comer refers to as ‘the mediatization of equality’, and will be of interest to graduate students and scholars in critical discourse studies, sociolinguistics, and linguistic anthropology, as well as those working across such fields as media studies, queer studies, and sociology.

Table of Contents

San Francisco

1. INTRODUCTION:
THE MEDIATIZED MOBILITY OF PEOPLE, POLITICS AND PRIDE

Cape Town

2. ‘EQUALITY ON THE SEA’:
INTERROGATING PRIVILEGE IN CAPE TOWN’S LGBTQ TOURISM DISCOURSE

3. REPRESENTING THE SPECTRUM:
THE DISCURSIVE PRODUCTION OF QUEER HETEROTOPIA AT AN LGBTQ TOURISM CONVENTION

London

4. COUNTING ‘THE COST OF DISCRIMINATION’:
MANAGING AND MEDIATIZING DIVERSITY AT THE ECONOMIST’S PRIDE AND PREJUDICE

5. SLOGANIZING AND MATERIALIZING EQUALITY:
SCALES OF SOLIDARITY IN THE DISCOURSE OF TRANSNATIONAL LGBTQ ADVOCACY

Sydney

6. CONCLUSION: QUEER COSMOPOLITANISM AND THE SCALING OF UTOPIA

Melbourne

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Biography

Joseph Comer completed his PhD in English Linguistics (Language and Communication) at the University of Bern, Switzerland, in 2019. He is now an associated researcher with the Centre for the Study of Language and Society at the University of Bern.