Underdogs: Social Deviance and Queer Theory

Author:   Heather Love
Publisher:   The University of Chicago Press
ISBN:  

9780226761107


Pages:   248
Publication Date:   17 September 2021
Format:   Paperback
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Author:   Heather Love
Publisher:   The University of Chicago Press
Imprint:   University of Chicago Press
ISBN:  

9780226761107


ISBN 10:   022676110
Pages:   248
Publication Date:   17 September 2021
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
This item will be ordered in for you from one of our suppliers. Upon receipt, we will promptly dispatch it out to you. For in store availability, please contact us.

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What might we learn about queer studies by exploring its intellectual debts to midcentury social scientists' interest in underdogs, underworlds, and the dynamics of stigma? Heather Love's provocative and defamiliarizing analysis asks us to see queer studies-its limitations and its transformational possibilities-anew. A critical intellectual history, teeming with ideas and unlikely engagements. * Regina Kunzel, Yale University * Underdogs is a well-crafted, subtle, and beautifully written foray into the worlds of mid-twentieth century social science by a humanities scholar who uncovers, in the fine details of descriptive empirical research, the largely unrecognized precursors of today's queer studies. With keen focus, Love reveals new possibilities for scholarly, ethical, and political commitments to the defense of outcasts and outsiders. Love makes an impassioned claim that humanists and social scientists need one another-and need to set aside the tenacious methodological dogmas that keep them apart. * Steven Epstein, Northwestern University * Underdogs clarifies how the social science of deviance, like the queer theory that superseded it, depended on the figure of the outsider. Love asks queer theory to take social science methodologies, especially 'underdog methods,' seriously. At their best, these methods promise to keep queer theory open to surprise and alert to the potentialities of everyday life. * Elizabeth Freeman, University of California, Davis *


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Heather Love is professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of Feeling Backward: Loss and the Politics of Queer History.

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