Ambivalent Affinities: A Political History of Blackness and Homosexuality after World War II
Published by: The University of North Carolina Press
Imprint: University of North Carolina Press
Sales Date: 2023-10-17
Published: October 2023
298 Pages, 6.12 x 9.25 x 1.00 in, 14 halftones
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In this interdisciplinary historical study, Jennifer Dominique Jones reveals the underexamined origins of comparisons between Black and LGBT political constituencies in the modern civil rights movement and white supremacist backlash. Foregrounding an intersectional framing of postwar political histories, Jones demonstrates how the shared non-normative status of Blackness and homosexuality facilitated comparisons between subjects and political visions associated with both. Drawing upon organizational records, manuscript collections, newspaper accounts, and visual and textual ephemera, this study traces a long, conflicting relationship between Black and LGBT political identities that continues to the present day.