Queer Sites by David Higgs
Gay Urban Histories Since 1600

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There are areas which can be described as gay space in that they have many lesbians and gays in the population. Queerspace: A History of Urban Sexuality, edited by David Higgs, offers a history of gay space in the major cities form the early modern period to the present. The book focuses on the changing nature of queer experience in London, Amsterdam, Rio de Janiero, San Francisco, Paris, Lisbon and Moscow.
This book provides an interdisciplinary analysis of extensive source material, including diaries, poems, legal accounts and journalism. By concentrating the importance of the city and varied meeting places such as parks, river walks, bathing places, the street, bars and even churches, the contributors explore the extent to which gay space existed, the degree of social collectiveness felt by those who used this space and their individual histories.
 

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Published March 16, 1999 by Routledge. 224 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Gay & Lesbian. Non-fiction

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The contributors, all academics, draw upon the disciplines of history, sociology, urbanology, public policy, gender/sexuality studies, anthropology and sometimes even literary criticism to delineate how physical topography, economy, customs and daily life shaped and have been shaped by the presen...

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Most of the essays begin somewhere in the seventeenth or eighteenth century and then march, some more lightly than others, century by century (and sometimes decade by decade) up to the contemporary period.

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