Butch Queens up in Pumps Gender, Performance, and Ballroom Culture in Detroit

ISBN-10: 0472051962

ISBN-13: 9780472051960

Edition: 2013

Authors: Marlon M. Bailey
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Description: This book provides the first comprehensive examination of the urban phenomenon known as Ballroom culture that first gained notoriety in the documentaryParis Is Burningin 1990.Butch Queens Up in Pumpsuniquely explores the ways in which Black LGBT people in Detroit use performance and other cultural practices—such as alternative identity, kinship, and community formations—to contend with or alter the conditions in which they live.Butch Queens Up in Pumpsis as much an examination of Black queer cultural formations as it is an ethnographic account of Ballroom culture in Detroit. Marlon M. Bailey’s rare perspective as both participant and observer in the Ballroom scene makes for compelling reading and lends his analysis an uncommon immediacy and authenticity, producing a remarkable performance ethnography that delves deeply into this subcultural phenomenon. The book will appeal to scholars and students across a wide range of disciplines, including African American studies, gender and sexuality studies, performance studies, dance, and anthropology, and to anyone interested in the politics, prevention, and activism surrounding HIV/AIDS.

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Book details

List price: $32.50
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Publication date: 8/29/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 296
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.254
Language: English

Introduction: Performing Gender, Creating Kinship, Forging Community
"Ain't Nothing Like a Butch Queen": The Gender System in Ballroom Culture
From Home to House: Ballroom Houses, Platonic Parents, and Overlapping Kinship
"It's Gonna Get Severe Up in Here": Ball Events, Ritualized Performance, and Black Queer Space
"They Want Us Sick": Ballroom Culture and the Politics of HIV/AIDS
Epilogue: The Future of Ballroom Culture
Notes
Glossary: Ballroom Community Terms and Phrases
Bibliography
Index
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