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Queer Migration Politics: Activist Rhetoric and Coalitional Possibilities
by Karma R. Chavez
University of Illinois Press, 2013
Cloth: 978-0-252-03810-5 | eISBN: 978-0-252-09537-5 | Paper: 978-0-252-07958-0
Library of Congress Classification JV6483.C456 2013
Dewey Decimal Classification 325.7308664

Delineating an approach to activism at the intersection of queer rights, immigration rights, and social justice, Queer Migration Politics examines a series of "coalitional moments" in which contemporary activists discover and respond to the predominant rhetoric, imagery, and ideologies that signal a sense of national identity.
Karma Chávez analyzes how activists use coalition to articulate the shared concerns of queer politics and migration politics, as both populations seek to imagine their ability to belong in various communities and spaces, their relationships to state and regional politics, and their relationships to other people whose lives might be very different from their own. Advocating a politics of the present and drawing from women of color and queer of color theory, this book contends that coalition enables a vital understanding of how queerness and immigration, citizenship and belonging, and inclusion and exclusion are linked. Queer Migration Politics offers activists, queer scholars, feminists, and immigration scholars productive tools for theorizing political efficacy.

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