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SEMINAR: Anthropology and Sociology Seminar

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Anthropology and Sociology Seminar : Queer Mobilities: Social Normativities, Narratives of Geographic and Social Mobility and LGBTQ youth identity Other events...
Social, cultural and archival knowledge frameworks have historically made sense of sexually-diverse youth through a concept of mobility in order to achieve community belonging. Specifically, the conceptual stories of queer youth coming out, transitions to adulthood, social engagement and identity stability are stories marked by narratives of movement from rural to urban areas, from small town to larger town and from mid-size city to large city as a so-called ‘gay mecca’. Although the story of “queer youth mobility into adulthoods of belonging” continues to be circulated in popular culture, personal accounts of coming out shared online and in self-help guidance and community-sponsored suicide prevention sites such as the It Gets Better videos, recent empirical work reveals some of the ways in which young people have a more complex, nuanced understanding of mobility, migration, rural/urban relations and expectations related to minority community. This paper examines a range of instances of queer youth mobility related in participant interviews and focus groups undertaken for the ARC Discovery Queer Generations project. Examining two generations (those born in the 1970s and those in the 1990s) from three small Australian towns and three Australian state capital cities, the veracity of the message of queer youth mobility is interrogated. The paper will discuss some of the ways in which young people think about mobility and belonging, and the relationship between geographic mobility and social mobility.
Speaker(s) Associate Professor Rob Cover
Location Social Sciences Building Room 2204
Contact Dr Alka Sabharwal <alka.sabharwal@uwa.edu.au>
Start Fri, 03 Aug 2018 14:30
End Fri, 03 Aug 2018 15:30
Submitted by Karen Eichorn <karen.eichorn@uwa.edu.au>
Last Updated Wed, 01 Aug 2018 10:47
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