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Nick Mahony, Janet Newman, and Clive Barnett

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781847424167

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847424167.001.0001

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Paradoxical publicness: becoming-imperceptible with the Brazilian lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender movement

Paradoxical publicness: becoming-imperceptible with the Brazilian lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender movement

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(p.143) Ten Paradoxical publicness: becoming-imperceptible with the Brazilian lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender movement
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Rethinking the public
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J. Simon Hutta

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847424167.003.0010

This chapter explores the possibilities of political world making on the part of marginalised actors, focusing on the emergence of the lesbian, gay, transgender, and bisexual movement in Brazil. It points to the heterogenous enactments of the ‘first wave’ of the gay movement, and to the conflicts and confrontations these later produced. The chapter uses this account both to challenge the ‘publics/counterpublics’ distinction in the work of Fraser and Warner, and to offer in their place the notion of ‘paradoxical publics’ and their generative potential.

Keywords:   Brazil, homosexuality, political world making, bisexual movement, gay movement, paradoxical publics

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