Speaking in Queer Tongues: Globalization and Gay Language
William Leap, Tom Boellstorff
University of Illinois Press, 2004 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 288 pages
Language is a fundamental tool for shaping identity and community, including the expression (or repression) of sexual desire. Speaking in Queer Tongues investigates the tensions and adaptations that occur when processes of globalization bring one system of gay or lesbian language into contact with another.
Western constructions of gay culture are now circulating widely beyond the boundaries of Western nations due to influences as diverse as Internet communication, global dissemination of entertainment and other media, increased travel and tourism, migration, displacement, and transnational citizenship. The authority claimed by these constructions, and by the linguistic codes embedded in them, is causing them to have a profound impact on public and private expressions of homosexuality in locations as diverse as sub-Saharan Africa, New Zealand, Indonesia and Israel.
Examining a wide range of global cultures, Speaking in Queer Tongues presents essays on topics that include old versus new sexual vocabularies, the rhetoric of gay-oriented magazines and news media, verbal and nonverbalized sexual imagery in poetry and popular culture, and the linguistic consequences of the globalized gay rights movement.
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Page 5 - A social process in which the constraints of geography on social and cultural arrangements recede and in which people become increasingly aware that they are receding.
Page 1 - As with translation of a text, one does not simply get a reproduction of identity. The acquisition of new forms of language from the modern west— whether by forcible imposition, insidious insertion, or voluntary borrowing— is part of what makes for new possibilities of action in non-Western societies.