On the Complexities of Desire
and the Limits of Identity Politics
The University of Edinburgh
This thesis is dedicated to my grandfather, Robert Wood,
who taught me to never trust government,
and to C Evans (1971 – 2004)
who gave me so much and was taken too soon.
Table of Contents
a long, yet incomplete, list of folk who have influenced, inspired, and supported me and enabled this piece of work to be born
a dense explanation of the thesis
opening the thesis by giving a bit of background on the idea of sexual orientation and why I wanted to think about it more
II. Identity and Difference in the Politics of Sexuality
big questions in sexual politics including feminist debates about SM, queer politics, and citizenship
III. Anarchism, Poststructuralism and the Politics of Sexuality: 'Sexual Orientation' as State-Form
anarchism, as theory in practice, offers a good tradition for rethinking sexual politics
IV. Intimacy with Strangers: Notes on Methodology
what/how/why I did what I did, what I think it means and how it felt
V. Two Tales of Resistance
two stories that particularly inspired my analysis
VI. Policing the Borders: Sexual State-Forms in Action
how people are controlled, contained and policed through shame and violence
VII. Resisting Orientation: Explorations in Sexual Nomadism
how policing can be resisted - stories of sex, labels, negotiating boundaries and more
VIII. Empowering Resistance
ideas about what makes resistance feel possible
IX. Towards a World without Borders
five pages long, doesn't use much jargon, and explains the key ideas of the thesis. it's quite punchy, too
big list of books, magazines, novels, journal articles, songs, etc.
interview schedule (questions I asked more or less) &s; participant lists
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