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Queering heteronormativity at home: older gay Londoners and the negotiation of domestic materiality

Pilkey, BS; (2013) Queering heteronormativity at home: older gay Londoners and the negotiation of domestic materiality. Gender, Place & Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography 10.1080/0966369X.2013.832659. Green open access

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Abstract

This article looks at older gay male homemaking experiences of engaging with domestic material objects. Using London as a case study it draws from 11 in-depth semi-structured interviews. These narratives are used to argue that the homemaking practices of older gay men can advance a queer theorised goal of queering heteronormativity. Throughout the article, domestic materiality and participants' relationship to their sexual minority identity forms the central focus; the empirical analysis highlights the obvious, subtle and even hidden ways interviewees subvert heteronormativity through relating to possessions in the home. On top of this, the article also looks to transcript excerpts to show that some interviewees consciously avoid relating their sexuality in the process of engaging with material objects in the home; this too, it is argued, can be understood as a political act challenging normative understandings of home. The article aims to complement a small but growing body of literature situated at the intersection of feminist work on domestic materiality, geographies of gerontology, ageing masculinity and queer theory.

Type: Article
Title: Queering heteronormativity at home: older gay Londoners and the negotiation of domestic materiality
Location: UK
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/0966369X.2013.832659
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0966369X.2013.832659
Language: English
Additional information: © 2013 The Author(s). Published by Taylor & Francis This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. The moral rights of the named author(s) have been asserted.
Keywords: domestic materiality, queering heteronormativity, homemaking, older gay men, London, UK
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > The Bartlett School of Architecture
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1405853
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