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Not going to the mainland: queer women’s narratives of place in Tasmania, Australia


Grant, R, Not going to the mainland: queer women's narratives of place in Tasmania, Australia, Gender, Place and Culture pp. 1-21. ISSN 0966-369X (2020) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/0966369X.2020.1784101


Within Australian geographies of sexualities, most work centres the urban areas of Sydney, New South Wales, while less is known about queer life in regional and rural Australia. In contrast, this article explores how lesbian, bisexual and queer young women understand and experience identity and place in Tasmania. Using a queer futurities theoretical framework and a qualitative feminist methodology, in this article I examine how narratives of place shape queer Tasmanians’ understandings of identity, belonging, and home. Participant narratives of leaving, arriving, and returning to Tasmania reflect dominant rural youth migration patterns, while also providing new insights into how queer young people position Tasmanian space, identities and futures in broader Australian culture. This article draws on recent work in geographies of sexuality to show how Tasmania produces unique sexual identity cultures that influence queer young women’s sense of time and place.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Australia, gender, queer geography, queer futurity, rural, sexuality
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Gender studies
Research Field:Sexualities
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Community services
Objective Field:Gender and sexualities
UTAS Author:Grant, R (Dr Ruby Grant)
ID Code:140930
Year Published:2020
Web of Science® Times Cited:3
Deposited By:Sociology and Criminology
Deposited On:2020-09-15
Last Modified:2022-08-29
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