Queer Epistemology and Epistemic Injustice

Authored by: Kim Q. Hall

The Routledge Handbook of Epistemic Injustice

Print publication date:  April  2017
Online publication date:  March  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138828254
eBook ISBN: 9781315212043
Adobe ISBN: 9781351814508

10.4324/9781315212043.ch14

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Abstract

One of queer theory’s most influential claims is that sexuality delineates an epistemic rather than a primarily erotic space in western contexts (Foucault 1990; Sedgwick 1990; McWhorter 1999: 40–41). Queer theory challenges two prevailing assumptions about sexuality in Western contexts: (1) sexuality is a stable, fixed part of innate human nature and (2) sexual identities and acts exist prior to and independent of the need to know and catalogue them as such. Thinking queerly about sexuality denaturalizes sexual identities and acts and the presumed inevitability of connections between them.

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