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Queer Work: Productivity, reproduction and change
Linköping University, Department of Thematic Studies, The Department of Gender Studies.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Work in general is under-theorised as a site of oppression in queer and intersectional studies, despite the power imbalances it manifests and its far-reaching effects on everyday lives. Anti-work theory is a useful conceptual tool for examining work critically. The purpose of this study is therefore to form a bridge between queer and anti-work politics and theory. Using a broad conception of work drawing on the Marxist and feminist concepts of social reproduction and emotional labour, this study explores anti-work politics situated in relation to the author (who is queer), in contrast to previous accounts which focus on a heteronormative division of labour. The text lays down a theoretical background bringing together elements of queer, anti-work and intersectional theory. With the lack of previous work on the topic, the study instead incorporates previous empirical research on queer work and delves into their problems, before returning to theoretical texts on the relation between queer and capitalism, and the politics of anti-work. This study is centred around the reports of nine queers in Berlin, Germany. It uses the ethnographic methods of semi-structured interviews and thematic analysis to gain intersectional insights into the links people make between queerness and the drive to work, resisting work, and the future. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 74 p.
Keyword [en]
Queer, Work, Anti-work, Intersectionality, Social reproduction, Social change
National Category
Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-131745ISRN: LIU-TEMA G/GSIC2-A-16/004-SEOAI: diva2:1008558
Subject / course
Gender Studies - Intersectionality and Change, Two Year
2016-09-05, Linköping University, Linköping, 11:00 (English)
Available from: 2016-10-03 Created: 2016-09-30 Last updated: 2016-10-03Bibliographically approved

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