How Places Make Us: Novel Lbq Identities In Four Small Cities by Japonica Brown-saracinoHow Places Make Us: Novel Lbq Identities In Four Small Cities by Japonica Brown-saracino

How Places Make Us: Novel Lbq Identities In Four Small Cities

byJaponica Brown-saracino

Hardcover | December 13, 2017

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We like to think of ourselves as possessing an essential self, a core identity that is who we really are, regardless of where we live, work, or play. But places actually make us much more than we might think, argues Japonica Brown-Saracino in this novel ethnographic study of lesbian, bisexual, and queer individuals in four small cities across the United States.

Taking us into communities in Ithaca, New York; San Luis Obispo, California; Greenfield, Massachusetts; and Portland, Maine; Brown-Saracino shows how LBQ migrants craft a unique sense of self that corresponds to their new homes. How Places Make Us demonstrates that sexual identities are responsive to city ecology. Despite the fact that the LBQ residents share many demographic and cultural traits, their approaches to sexual identity politics and to ties with other LBQ individuals and heterosexual residents vary markedly by where they live. Subtly distinct local ecologies shape what it feels like to be a sexual minority, including the degree to which one feels accepted, how many other LBQ individuals one encounters in daily life, and how often a city declares its embrace of difference. In short, city ecology shapes how one “does” LBQ in a specific place. Ultimately, Brown-Saracino shows that there isn’t one general way of approaching sexual identity because humans are not only social but fundamentally local creatures. Even in a globalized world, the most personal of questions—who am I?—is in fact answered collectively by the city in which we live.  
Japonica Brown-Saracino is associate professor of sociology at Boston University. She is the author of A Neighborhood That Never Changes, also published by the University of Chicago Press, and editor of the Gentrification Debates.
Title:How Places Make Us: Novel Lbq Identities In Four Small CitiesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.9 inPublished:December 13, 2017Publisher:University of Chicago PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:022636111X

ISBN - 13:9780226361116

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Table of Contents

One / Ithaca: Integration and Post-Identity Politics
Two / San Luis Obispo: Lesbian Identity Politics and Community
Three / Portland: Hybrid and Hyphenated Identity Politics
Four / Greenfield: Lesbian Feminist Longtimers and Post-Identity-Politics Newcomers
Five / How Places Make Us
Methodological Appendix

Editorial Reviews

“Through the lens of LBQ communities in four small US cities, Brown-Saracino tells the story of the myriad ways that place and community influence LBQ cultures, politics, and identities. A lively, informative, and provocative read, this book illuminates the changing nature of LBQ life in contemporary American urban life and makes a significant contribution to contemporary theorizing on sexuality and space.”