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Beyond identity: queer values and community

Author: Alexander, J.
Author Background:
Date 10/99
Type Journal
Journal Title: Journal-of-Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Identity
Volume/Pages 4(4): 293-314
Subject Matter Homosexuality-; Social-values; Theories
Abstract This essay traces the movement within the LGBT community from relying on identity politics to considering a politics of value as a political and community-forming strategy. In the process, the author uses the work of Michel Foucault to think through how the articulation of shared values might open up personal, communal, and political possibilities otherwise delimited when LBGT people think of themselves within the confines of separate, and often separating, identity categories. (Journal abstract.)