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Critical Articulations of Race, Gender, and Sexual Orientation

Edited by Sheena C. Howard - Contributions by Godfried Asante; Claudia Bucciferro; Sakile Kai Camara; Brad Crownover; Darlene K. Drummond; Bruce E. Drushel; Shinsuke Eguchi; Lourdes Dolores Follins; Rachel Alicia Griffin; Sheena C. Howard; Richard G. Jones Jr.; Benny LeMaster; Michele K. Lewis; Meggie Mapes; Rahul Mitra; Cheryl L. Nicholas; Laurie Phillips Honda and Myra N. Roberts

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Critical Articulations of Race, Gender, and Sexual Orientation engages scholarly essays, poems, and creative writings that examine the meanings of race, gender, and sexual orientation as interlocking systems of oppression. Each chapter in this volume critically, yet creatively, interrogates the notion of identity as socially constructed, yet interconnected and shaped by cultural associations, expanding on the idea that we as individuals live in an identity matrix—our self-concept, experiences, and interpretations originate or are developed from the culture in which we are embedded. The shaping of an individual’s identity, communication, and worldview can be read, shaped, and understood through life, art, popular culture, mass media, and cross-cultural interactions, among other things. The aptness of this work lies in its ability to provide a meaningful and creative space to analyze identity and identity politics, highlighting the complexities of identity formation in the twenty-first century. « less more »
Lexington Books
Pages: 296Size: 6 x 9
978-0-7391-9916-9 • Hardback • September 2014 • $100.00 • (£70.00)
978-0-7391-9918-3 • Paperback • March 2017 • $49.99 • (£32.95)
978-0-7391-9917-6 • eBook • September 2014 • $46.99 • (£31.95)
Sheena C. Howard is assistant professor in the Department of Communication and Journalism at Rider University.
Introduction, Sheena C. Howard

“In Teaching Persona”, Shelly Bell

Part I: Queer Identity Matrix
Chapter 1: Coming In/Out of the Closet: Living In-Between Singlehood and Relationship(s) through a Gay Asian Body, Shinsuke Eguchi
Chapter 2: Divided Loyalties: Exploring the Intersections of Queerness, Race, Ethnicity, and Gender, Richard G. Jones, Jr.
Chapter 3: Young Black and Latino Gay Men’s Experiences with Racial Microaggressions, Lourdes D. Follins
Chapter 4: Organizing Foreignness: Of Aliens, Permanence, and Shape-Shifters, Rahul Mitra

“The Origin of Coming Out”, Shelly Bell

Part II: Identity Formation
Chapter 5: Latinas in the United States: Articulating Discourses of Identity and Difference, Claudia Bucciferro
Chapter 6: Me and My Shadow(s): Essays of Self and Identity, Brad Crownover
Chapter 7: Reliving Oppression: Becoming Black, Becoming Gay, Godfried Asante and Myra N. Roberts
Chapter 8: Coming Out, Covering, Connecting: De/Colonizing Epistemics of Ethnography and Ethnographer Positionality in Malaysia, Cheryl L. Nicholas

“What Truth?”, Shelly Bell

Part III: Mass Mediated Representations
Chapter 9: Trans*ing Priestly Performances: Re-Reading Gender Potentiality in Erdrich’s The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse, Benjamin LeMaster and Meggie Mapes
Chapter 10: Marking My Black Feminist Heterosexism: Taking Autoethnographic Notes from Pariah, Rachel Alicia Griffin
Chapter 11: Heterosexual Masculinity, the Self, and Social Needs: The Homicidal Hazing of Robert Champion, Michele K. Lewis
Chapter 12: A Multimodal Critical Discourse Analysis (MCDA) of Race, Class, Gender, and Sexual Orientation within the YouTube-based "It Gets Better Project", Laurie Phillips Honda
Chapter 13: "Dont Even Go There!" A Black Womens Standpoint and Conversation Analysis of an Online Discussion about Racial Labeling, Darlene K. Drummond and Sakile Kai Camara
Chapter 14: Friends of Batman (And Dorothy): Queering the Green Hornet Television Series, Bruce E. Drushel
Critical Articulations of Race, Gender, and Sexual Orientation is a thought provoking text, which examines notions of intersectionality and identity. Dr. Howard masterfully curates a volume that brings together critical perspectives to challenge heteronormative discourses around identity, while centering the lived experiences of LGBTQI persons of color. This text provides much needed intellectual insight into the conversation of identity negotiation and communicative processes.
VaNatta S. Ford, Columbia College


This thoughtful and provocative text uses personal narratives, self-reflexive analysis, and ethnographic inquiry to create a colorful tapestry highlighting the varied yet similar experiences of many within the LGBTQI community of color. It sets itself apart from other texts in that it covers a wide range of intersecting identities and provides a depth of understanding around sexual identity negotiation. I recommend this text for courses on identity negotiation, intercultural communication, LGBTQI studies and gender studies.
Kesha Morant Williams, Pennsylvania State University


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