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Editorial: Gender and sexual geographies of blackness: anti-black heterotopias (part 1)

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This editorial theorizes the spatialization of black gender and sexual minorities. We examine the ways in which race, gender, and sexuality work to complicate the geographies of black gender and sexual marginality. Drawing on insights from Foucault's theory of heterotopia, we develop the concept of anti-black heterotopias to understand the spatial ordering of black gender and sexuality within the larger geographies of black people. We contend that if anti-black racism forces black people to live within contained landscapes that exist on the margins of whiteness, then black gender and sexual minorities, who are subject to violence and public ridicule, live in a placeless space, a location with no coordinates. In other words, the heterosexism/homophobia toward black gender and sexual minorities that is expressed in socio/spatial terms is complicit with the spatialization of anti-black racism. We also use anti-black heterotopias as a way to situate the eight articles in parts 1 and 2 of this themed section, as well as to highlight the theoretical linkages between them.
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Keywords: anti-black heterotopias; gender nonconforming; heteronormativity; heterotopias

Document Type: Introduction

Affiliations: 1: Gender Studies, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, USA 2: Geography, University of Vermont, Bington, Vermont, USA

Publication date: March 16, 2014

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