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The Second International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities

The Politics of Belonging: Sexualities, Identities, Meanings

Dr Alan Dudley Brown.

The rising tide of globalisation has produced previously unimagined changes in community forms, forms of control and governmentality, and the representation of personal identities. As these new discursive spaces have been created, new theoretical paradigms have emerged to frame them. Using insights from queer theory, feminist theory and hybrid feminist/queer methodologies, this paper examines the impact of globalisation on sexualities and sexual representation(s). Using the classic dichotomy of public and private, this paper argues that, despite its continued use in policy, legal and public health discourses, times have elevated us past that dichotomy, requiring that we conceptualise a new schema that is empirically more realistic and theoretically more satisfying. This paper uses the global emergence of queer communities and recent political mobilizations of activists around the rights of sex workers and erotic labourers as a lens for this discussion


Dr Alan Dudley Brown  (United States)
Assistant Professor of Sociology
College of Arts and Sciences
University of Oklahoma

Alan D Brown III received his PhD from the University of California at Riverside in 2003. His main interests are in the area of sexual politics and cultures, feminist theory and research methods, and law and social control.

  • Sexualities
  • Globalization
  • Feminist Theory

(30 min. Conference Paper, English)