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Governing from the margins: queering the state of local government?

Cooper, Davina and Monro, Surya (2003) Governing from the margins: queering the state of local government? Contemporary Politics, 9 (3). pp. 229-255. ISSN 1356-9775

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Based on original field research, this article explores the relationship between lesbian and gay municipal politics and the local state. More particularly, it uses lesbian and gay work between 1990 and 2001 as a lens through which to examine local government's state identities. Focusing on local government's relationship to state power, its corporeality, agency, representative role and ties to local residents, the article argues that the lens brought by lesbian and gay work, for the most part, coincided rather than conflicted with dominant narratives. Yet lesbian and gay municipal activities offered more than a lens on the local state. The final part of the article examines the extent to which it also impacted upon local government's identities, in particular local government's relationship to heterosexuality and desire.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
J Political Science > JS Local government Municipal government
Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
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Depositing User: Cherry Edmunds
Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2009 14:24
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 10:52


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