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Practicing care: Queer vulnerability in the hospital

Horncastle, J. (2017) Practicing care: Queer vulnerability in the hospital. Social Identities, 24 (3). pp. 383-394.

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This discussion paper addresses practicalities of queer resistance to norms about life and identity, in mainstream medical contexts. Queer agency may be compromised at times of illness and/or health-related vulnerability. Although this compromise is part of mundane politics for hardy queers who routinely negotiate mainstream institutions such as hospitals, there are side-effects that may negatively impact non-normative subjectivity. This paper highlights the necessarily contingent nature of being cared for in the clinic, the surgeon’s hands, or the psychiatric ward and reveals what may be overlooked, misunderstood or explicitly rejected in mainstream medical contexts. The salient points from my own hospital experiences are explored to highlight counter-discourses and contentious issues around caring for non-normative (queer) subjectivities.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Arts
Publisher: Carfax Publishing Ltd
Copyright: © 2017 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
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