Replacing Citizenship: AIDS Activism and Radical Democracy

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Guilford Press, 1997 - Social Science - 222 pages
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This book uses an ethnographic study of one gay community's responses to AIDS to illustrate a radical democratic understanding of citizenship in contemporary society. Analyzing specific forms of AIDS organizing and activism in Vancouver, British Columbia from ACT UP to visiting buddy programs Brown explores the alternative spaces of political action that have formed in locations where state, civil society, and family overlap. Instead of the traditional view of citizenship as a formal, unchanging relationship between individual and state, he proposes that citizenship is more productively discerned in everyday acts and in the actual places where we live our lives. An important contribution to queer theory and theories of radical democracy, the book brings abstract concepts down to earth with its nuanced portrait of the survival strategies of a community under siege.

Honorable Mention, Myers Outstanding Book Awards
 

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Contents

NEW SPACES OF RADICAL CITIZENSHIP
1
AIDS AND THE GAY COMMUNITY IN VANCOUVER
31
RADICAL CITIZENSHIP IN CIVIL SOCIETY? ACTing UP in Vancouver
57
FROM CIVIL SOCIETY TO STATE APPARATUS Shifting Spaces in the Voluntary Sector
84
FROM THE HOME TO THE STATE Just Being There As a Buddy
120
FROM FAMILY TO CIVIL SOCIETY Citizenship at the Quilt Display
155
CONCLUSION WHERE HAS THE CITIZEN GONE?
184
BIBLIOGRAPHY
197
INDEX
215
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Michael P. Brown, Ph.D., is Lecturer in Geography at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. He was born in Worcester, Massachusetts and attended Clark University and the University of British Columbia. His research interests are in urban political and cultural geography.

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