Queer Lovers and Hateful Others: Regenerating Violent Times and Places (Decolonial Studies, Postcolonial Horizons)

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Haritaworn takes us to a queerly gentrifying Berlin where newly respectable gay citizens seek protection from "dangerous," "homophobic" outsiders. Bringing us radical critique from around the queer-of-colo(u)r kitchen table, Queer Lovers, Hateful Others is a smart, courageous, and at times unsettling indictment of LGBTQ complicity with xenophobic violence. If you care deeply about social justice, read this brilliant book (Julia Chinyere Oparah is Professor of Ethnic Studies at Mills College and co-editor of Activist Scholarship: Antiracism, Feminism and Social Change)

Advancing queer regeneration in opposition to gentrification, displacement and incarceration, Queer Lovers and Hateful Others is a brilliant analysis of the political power of kitchen table conversations among racialised queer communities in Berlin and beyond. Shattering the singularity of the universal gay/trans subject to expose hir collusion in the production of the 'homophobic Muslim', Jin Haritaworn tracks the multiple sites at which this subject furthers racialised dispossession and national securitisation. This highly engaging book is a must read for all concerned with issues of justice, demilitarisation and radical transformation in global politics. (Sunera Thobani, Associate Professor at the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice at the University of British Columbia)

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Berlin is once more capital of queer arts and tourism. Queerness is more visible today than it has been for decades, but at what cost? In Queer Lovers and Hateful Others, Jin Haritaworn argues that queer subjects have become a lovely sight only through being cast in the shadow of the new folk devil, the ‘homophobic migrant’ who are rendered by society as hateful, homophobic and disposable.

At the centre of this book is the concept of ‘queer regeneration’. Haritaworn sees the queer lover as a transitional object which allows the present-day neoliberal regime to make punishment and neglect appear as signs of care and love for diversity. Alongside this shift, in the wake of older moral panics over crime, violence, patriarchy, integration and segregation, the new Other, or the homophobic migrant appears. To understand this transition, Queer Lovers and Hateful Others looks at the environments in which queer bodies have become worthy of protection, and the everyday erasures that shape life in the inner city, and how queer activists actively seek out and dispel the myths of sites of nostalgia for the ‘invented traditions’ of women-and-gay-friendliness.

Haritaworn guides the reader through a rich archive of media, arts, policy and activism, including posters, newspaper reports, hate crime action plans, urban projects, psychological studies, demonstrations, kiss-ins, political speeches and films. In the process, queer lovers, drag kings, criminalised youth, homosexuals persecuted under National Socialism, and other figures of degeneracy and regeneration appear on a shared plane, where new ways of sharing space become imaginable.

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