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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 4/17/2014)