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Queer Migration Politics

Queer Migration Politics: Activist Rhetoric and Coalitional Possibilities

Copyright Date: 2013
Pages: 240
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    Queer Migration Politics
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    Tracing the growth of creationism in America as a political movement, this book explains why the particularly American phenomenon of anti-evolution has succeeded as a popular belief. Conceptualizing the history of creationism as a strategic public relations campaign, Edward Caudill examines why this movement has captured the imagination of the American public, from the explosive Scopes trial of 1925 to today's heated battles over public school curricula. Caudill shows how creationists have appealed to cultural values such as individual rights and admiration of the rebel spirit, thus spinning creationism as a viable, even preferable, alternative to evolution. In particular, Caudill argues that the current anti-evolution campaign follows a template created by Clarence Darrow and William Jennings Bryan, the Scopes trial's primary combatants. Their celebrity status and dexterity with the press prefigured the Moral Majority's 1980s media blitz, more recent staunchly creationist politicians such as Sarah Palin and Mike Huckabee, and creationists' savvy use of the Internet and museums to publicize their cause. Drawing from trial transcripts, media sources, films, and archival documents, Intelligently Designed highlights the importance of historical myth in popular culture, religion, and politics and situates this nearly century-old debate in American cultural history.

    eISBN: 978-0-252-09537-5
    Subjects: Political Science, Sociology

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-vi)
  3. Acknowledgments
    (pp. vii-x)
  4. Abbreviations
    (pp. xi-xiv)
  5. Introduction
    (pp. 1-20)

    Prior to 1990 gays and lesbians were legally excluded from migrating to the United States. The Immigration Act of 1990 effectively ended what was known as “homosexual exclusion.”¹ President George H. W. Bush signed the act in the context of an already crucial time for gay, lesbian, and queer people in the United States. AIDS continued to ravage gay, immigrant, poor, and nonwhite communities with little government intervention. Rather than helping, the federal government chose actions like banning migration of HIV-positive people to the United States and debating the viability of quarantining those with HIV/AIDS in camps. The devastation of...

  6. CHAPTER 1 The Differential Visions of Queer Migration Manifestos
    (pp. 21-48)

    For a brief moment in 2009, Shirley Tan and Jay Mercado, a binational lesbian couple living in California, became household names.¹ The couple fought for Tan’s right to stay in the United States after she was denied political asylum and, apparently unbeknownst to the couple, placed in deportation proceedings. Tan, a native of the Philippines, and Mercado, a US citizen, eventually learned that Tan was to be deported. They had been together for twenty-three years and parented twin boys when Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrived at their home in late January 2009 and took Tan, a self-described housewife, into custody....

  7. CHAPTER 2 The Coalitional Possibility of Radical Interactionality
    (pp. 49-78)

    Queercents is a special-interest website that features daily tips on financial matters, an LGBTQ perspective on money, and an array of stories that are likely relevant to a middle-class, US-based LGBTQ audience.¹ Shortly after joining as a contributor, Yasmin Nair wrote an entry about the Uniting American Families Act. No stranger or outsider to the queer blogosphere, on this particular occasion Nair began what was to be a series on immigration in relation to the queer community. Queer people have financial considerations beyond married heterosexuals when it comes to US immigration policy. Still, many LGBT folks have framed immigration primarily...

  8. CHAPTER 3 Coming Out as Coalitional Gesture?
    (pp. 79-112)

    The “DREAM Act 21,” a group of self-identified undocumented youth activists dressed in graduation caps and gowns staged nonviolent sit-ins at the Washington, DC, offices of Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Harry Reid (D-NV), John McCain (R-AZ), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), and Charles Schumer (D-NY), on July 21, 2010.¹ All twenty-one were arrested, released within twenty-four hours, and the action attracted considerable media attention.² To accompany this bold and significant act of civil disobedience, a blog called Citizen Orange hosted a letter-writing campaign called “DREAM Now.” DREAM Now featured letters written to Barack Obama by migrant youth who requested his support and...

  9. CHAPTER 4 Coalitional Politics on the US-Mexico Border
    (pp. 113-144)

    When Arizona voters approved Proposition 200 in 2004, requiring their fellow Arizonans to show proof of citizenship to vote or receive certain health benefits, it marked one of the first of many laws in the early twenty-first century targeting marginalized groups in the state.¹ Activists in Tucson had anticipated movement toward enacting retrograde laws that would negatively affect marginalized groups for quite some time. Following the 2004 election, two leaders, Cathy Busha, then of Wingspan, and Kat Rodriguez, of Coalición de Derechos Humanos, wrote a commentary for the Tucson Weekly.² In their piece, similar to the statements later produced in...

  10. Conclusion
    (pp. 145-150)

    Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced in late September 2012 that gay and lesbian couples would be regarded as “family relationships” in immigration deportation proceedings.¹ This means that certain gay and lesbian couples will be treated like married or engaged heterosexual couples as officials evaluate deportation cases. Put simply, a queer migrant’s familial connections in the United States will be taken into consideration as federal officials make a decision about whether to deport. This decision will likely help some binational same-sex couples to remain together in the United States, and this is no doubt important for those exceptional...

  11. Notes
    (pp. 151-184)
  12. Bibliography
    (pp. 185-206)
  13. Index
    (pp. 207-214)
  14. Back Matter
    (pp. 215-218)