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Ways of speaking about queer space in Tokyo: disorientated knowledge and counter-public space


Suganuma, K, Ways of speaking about queer space in Tokyo: disorientated knowledge and counter-public space, Japanese Studies, 31, (3) pp. 345-358. ISSN 1037-1397 (2011) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/10371397.2011.619168


The city of Tokyo has been a space where numerous forms of sexual subcultures and their histories have been born. This paper discusses one possible way of understanding queer space in Tokyo. Examining the discourses concerning Shinjuku Ni-choŻme, a queer neighbourhood in Tokyo, I argue that this queer space functions as a discursive site of containment as well as resistance to hetero-normative narratives of the metropolis. Drawing on queer theories that focus on the notion of space, in this paper I demonstrate that queer space is often marginalised by mainstream society, but at the same time it can be a critical site through which to investigate hetero-normativity. I suggest that queers themselves sometimes deploy their own delegitimised status to construct a queer counter-public space that intervenes in and disorients the linear narrative of hetero-normative views.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Language, Communication and Culture
Research Group:Cultural Studies
Research Field:Culture, Gender, Sexuality
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
UTAS Author:Suganuma, K (Dr Katsuhiko Suganuma)
ID Code:93406
Year Published:2011
Deposited By:Humanities
Deposited On:2014-07-31
Last Modified:2018-03-13

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