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Working-Class Queers: Time, Place and Politics

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‘A much-needed and timely dive into the underrepresentation of working-class queers within our queer structures and concepts’-- Juno Roche, author of A Working-Class Family Ages Badly
‘Holds rich insights into lived experience, the power lines of learning within institutions, and how people transform each other in community. Yvette’s book opens doors and transforms fault lines. It will be beneficial for years to come’-- Sarah Schulman, author of Let the Record Show
‘Working-Class Queers makes major intellectual and ethical contributions to queer feminist methods. This is a must-read’-- Matt Brim, Professor, College of Staten Island, City University of New York, author of Poor Queer Studies
Who cares about working-class queers in Britain today? Are queers marginal to the study of class, and are the working classes marginal to queer studies? Yvette Taylor critically engages with the experience of working-class queers through cycles of crisis, austerity, recession, and migration to show how they have been underrepresented–and demands that this changes. Drawing on growing research and radical activism in queer studies and feminism, she critiques the policy, theory and practice that have maintained queer middle-class privilege at the expense of working-class queers.
Yvette Taylor is a sociologist and has researched class and queer lives in the UK for over 20 years. This includes work on the experience of deindustrialization, class, and austerity in England, published as Fitting into Place? Class and Gender Geographies and Temporalities. She has worked with educational professionals, policymakers, and community organizations on developing intersectional approaches to challenging working-class queer exclusion.