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Contexts for Lesbian Citizenship Across Australian Public Spheres


Baird, BJ, Contexts for Lesbian Citizenship Across Australian Public Spheres, Social Semiotics, 14, (1) pp. 67-84. ISSN 1035-0330 (2004) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1080/1035033042000202933


This paper charts Australian public spheres on a map contoured by lesbianism. It investigates questions of citizenship and belonging across mainstream, extreme right, popular culture and overtly nationalist spheres, as well as lesbian public spheres. Using "context" as a central concept it argues that the critical and political foregrounding of the cultural capital formed in lesbian and queer public spheres is essential in order to create contexts for lesbian citizenships and belonging. It considers two recent contemporaneous events staged across Australian public spheres in order to investigate the limits and dimensions of lesbian citizenships-the political controversy over access to reproductive health services for single women and those in lesbian relationships, and the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. © 2004 Taylor & Francis Ltd.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Social change
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Community services
Objective Field:Gender and sexualities
UTAS Author:Baird, BJ (Dr Barbara Baird)
ID Code:31436
Year Published:2004
Deposited By:Philosophy
Deposited On:2004-08-01
Last Modified:2005-04-13

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