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Book review: Queer Visibilities: Space, Identity and Interaction in Cape Town. By Andrew Tucker. Oxford: Blackwell-Wiley. 2009. £24.99 paper. ISBN: 9781405183024

Book review Queer Visibilities: Space, Identity and Interaction in Cape Town. By Andrew Tucker. Oxford: Blackwell-Wiley. 2009. £24.99 paper. ISBN: 9781405183024 SAGE Publications, Inc. 2011DOI: 10.1177/14744740110180010907 KathBrowne University of Brighton In this book, Tucker uses queer visibility both as a method to understand diversity, and as an intervention into academic thinking around sexual politics. He is clear throughout that how race, class, gender, sexuality interface with place and space not only creates discrimination and exclusion, but also presents opportunities for visibilities and the contestations of heteronormativities. Tucker refuses to focus only on marginalization, examining empowerments that cannot be located in ‘oppression’ or be lost to hopelessness. Instead, this book inspires hope as well as understanding, demonstrating how heteronormativity can be usurped and homophobia challenged, such that queer men become visible. Yet, he illustrates that not only do queer men resist and transgress heteronor- mativities to create diverse visibilities, there are also possibilities because of the operation of oppressive regimes, for example the clampdown on gay bars in the De Waterkant area increased excitement in attending these events. In pointing to the dangers of gender violence for cross dress- ing coloured men, Tucker notes that whilst it is important http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Cultural Geographies SAGE

Book review: Queer Visibilities: Space, Identity and Interaction in Cape Town. By Andrew Tucker. Oxford: Blackwell-Wiley. 2009. £24.99 paper. ISBN: 9781405183024

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Book review Queer Visibilities: Space, Identity and Interaction in Cape Town. By Andrew Tucker. Oxford: Blackwell-Wiley. 2009. £24.99 paper. ISBN: 9781405183024 SAGE Publications, Inc. 2011DOI: 10.1177/14744740110180010907 KathBrowne University of Brighton In this book, Tucker uses queer visibility both as a method to understand diversity, and as an intervention into academic thinking around sexual politics. He is clear throughout that how race, class, gender, sexuality interface with place and space not only creates discrimination and exclusion, but also presents opportunities for visibilities and the contestations of heteronormativities. Tucker refuses to focus only on marginalization, examining empowerments that cannot be located in ‘oppression’ or be lost to hopelessness. Instead, this book inspires hope as well as understanding, demonstrating how heteronormativity can be usurped and homophobia challenged, such that queer men become visible. Yet, he illustrates that not only do queer men resist and transgress heteronor- mativities to create diverse visibilities, there are also possibilities because of the operation of oppressive regimes, for example the clampdown on gay bars in the De Waterkant area increased excitement in attending these events. In pointing to the dangers of gender violence for cross dress- ing coloured men, Tucker notes that whilst it is important
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