Queer Identities, Political Realities

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Bruce Drushel, Kathleen M. German
Cambridge Scholars Pub, 2009 - Social Science - 288 pages
Queer Identities/Political Realities examines the intersection of political leadership, media coverage, and sexual identity with particular emphasis on the negotiation of meaning between public behavior and private behavior in the United States. Centering on cases that illuminate key issues, each chapter questions assumptions about media coverage and extends current theoretical understanding. Each chapter focuses on a specific case within the broader conceptual fabric of queer theory, media theory, or rhetorical criticism. Varied methodological approaches allow us to gauge public discourse of multifaceted controversies that involve same sex behavior.

History reveals frequent occasions when private sexual behaviors surface to attract public interest. While the prejudices and discrimination against same-sex partnerships, whether casual or permanent, remain entrenched in United States culture, there have been occasions when the public discussion is riveted on instances. This book argues that public interest changes when the partners in such relationships are of the same sex. The extraordinary public prejudice against same sex unions and public censure has been well documented in other research reports and continues to receive attention in other scholarly publications. This book will examine the unique intersection of political leadership, media coverage, and same-sex behavior.

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About the author (2009)

Bruce Drushel is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at Miami University. He received his Ph.D. from Ohio University in 1991. His teaching and research interests are in the areas of media economics, media audiences, and queer representation in electronic media and film. He currently chairs the Gay, Lesbian and Queer Studies interest group for Popular Culture Associatiomerican Culture Association. His work has appeared in Journal of Homosexuality, Journal of Media Economics, and FemSpec, and in books addressing free speech and 9/11, media in the Caribbean, C-SPAN as a pedagogical tool, and AIDS. Kathleen German received her Ph.D. degree in Rhetoric from the University of Iowa in 1974. She is currently a Full Professor in the Department of Communication at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. Her teaching and research interests are in the areas of rhetorical criticism, political communication, and documentary film. She has also published work on American Indian and African American images in film as well as co-authored a leading textbook on public speaking. Among other journals, her previous work has appeared in Communication Education, Western Journal of Communication, Communication Studies, and The Howard Journal of Communication.

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