An important new position within Queer Theory is known as the "antisocial turn." The antisocial thesis has engendered some fascinating and provocative work, thus proving, somewhat perversely, that emphasis on negativity may ultimately be rather productive. Simultaneously, the antisocial turn has led to concerns that a dismissal of 'the social' may foreclose or obscure many of the creative ways in which queer subjects enrich, alter, and subvert social life, perhaps by pushing it into various crises. Certainly in one sense, queers are always already social: we all are "here," in the social fabric. But how exactly is this social positioning to be understood in light of the antisocial thesis?
A persisting rift between the queer radical position and the more prevalent ways of going about LGBT politics is caused by controversies surrounding same-sex marriages / civil unions. While some queer theorists might scorn these institutions as assimilationist and rooted in identitarian politics, being wedded or partnered can perhaps offer new vistas for social (co)existence.
In our next issue we would like to concentrate on questions related to the following:
- how can/does queer redefine 'the social'? in particular, how could queers help build a sociality beyond neoliberalism's entrepreneurial individualism and neoconservatism's reliance on structures of (normative/moralistic) authority?
- what does it mean to be a queer 'social animal'? how could social relations and hierarchies be 'queered'?
- how should queer position itself vis-a-vis social institutions, particularly same-sex marriages? what about polyamory?
- can a different positivity, a 'queer positivity' (which would not negate its own negativity) be thought as alternative to the hetero- and homonormative positivities that have been regulating social life so far?
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