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Authors:Paula Kuosmanen: Christina Institute for Women’s Studies, University of Helsinki, Finalnd
Publication title:Queer Time? Queer(y)ing Moments in the Everyday Life of Lesbian Mothers
Conference:Proceedings of the Sustaining Everyday Life Conference: April 22–24 2009; Campus Norrköping; Sweden
Publication type: Abstract
Issue:038
Article No.:026
Abstract:The paper focuses on queering in everyday life by presenting the tactics of lesbian mothers in various everyday spaces. In this paper the act of queering is analyzed as a moment of questioning the heteronormative backdrop of everyday life. This paper focuses on how Finnish lesbian mothers queer the taken-for-granted heteronormativity of everyday spaces through parenting practices and by living their cyclic daily life. The analysis of the interview material (31 in-depth interviews) implies a broader theoretical question: If the act of queering presumes an overt citation of queer representations; acts or sexual identities; how can queering be done in places; which are polished as nonsexual; like in children’s places; or in everyday life with its unarticulated indistinctiveness; the daily backdrop; which has become habitual? The connections between temporality and everyday life bring to the fore the un-eventfulness of everyday life and its opposite character to the transgressive moments. The paper is based on my PhD-thesis on Finnish lesbian mothers’ everyday spaces.

Literature: Valentine; Gill: Queer Bodies and the Production of Space. In Richardson; Diane and Seidman; Steven (eds.) (2002) Handbook of Lesbian & Gay Studies. London; Sage.

Language:English
Keywords:Everyday life; queer-theory; habitual
Year:2009
No. of pages:1
Pages:151-151
Series:Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):1650-3686
ISSN (online):1650-3740
File:http://www.ep.liu.se/ecp/038/026/ecp0938026.pdf
Available:2010-11-05
Publisher:Linköping University Electronic Press; Linköpings universitet

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Paula Kuosmanen (2009). Queer Time? Queer(y)ing Moments in the Everyday Life of Lesbian Mothers, Proceedings of the Sustaining Everyday Life Conference: April 22–24 2009; Campus Norrköping; Sweden http://www.ep.liu.se/ecp_article/index.en.aspx?issue=038;article=026 (accessed 9/30/2014)