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    Queering epidemiology

    Kearns, Gerard (2016) Queering epidemiology. In: The Routledge Research Companion to Geographies of Sex and Sexualities. Routledge, London, pp. 263-273. ISBN 9781472455482 (Submitted)

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    Ecofeminism (Silvey 1998) and Queer Ecology (Gandy 2012) highlight relations among gender, sexuality, and nature. The agenda of ‘queering ecology[, …] opening up […] environmental understanding to explicitly non-heterosexual forms of relationship, experience, and imagination as a way of transforming entrenched sexual and natural practices towards […] queer […] ends’ (Mortimer-Sandilands and Erickson 2010, 30), resonates within Medical Geography and Epidemiology. This essay shows how we might track the effects of entrenched homophobia within the geographical framing of disease by examining one important set of epidemiological writings, those in which AIDS was first registered as a new mortality. I show how homophobic stereotypes shaped scientific writings, and how, in related but different ways, they pervaded the public geographies of AIDS circulating in the mass media. Finally, I will show how activists tried to undo the murderous homophobia of AIDS discourses building understandings of HIV vulnerability that were accepting of sexual diversity, effectively queering epidemiology.

    Item Type: Book Section
    Keywords: HIV; AIDS; Queer Studies; Epidemiology; Medical Geography;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Geography
    Item ID: 7655
    Depositing User: Gerry Kearns
    Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2016 12:03
    Journal or Publication Title: The Routledge Research Companion to Geographies of Sex and Sexualities
    Publisher: Routledge
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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