TABLE OF CONTENTS
- The Uses of Gay History
- Social Constructionism
- Gender Nonconformity
- Sexual Identities
- Discourse versus Desire
- The Uses and Abuses of Theory
- Homosexual Identities
- Passive Roles
- Sexual Orientation
- Exclusive Homosexuality
- The Myth of the Modern Homosexual
- The Term 'Homosexual'
- A False 'Birth'
- The Medicalization of Homosexuality
- Internalized Homophobia
- Inversion and Subversion
- Intergenerational and Egalitarian Models
- Capitalism and the Family
- Labelling Theory
- The 'Sodomite' and the 'Lesbian'
- Queer Language
- Queer Culture vs. Homophobic Discourse
- The False Charge of 'Anachronism'
- Political Definitions of 'The Lesbian'
- Queer Subcultures
- Walter Benjamin's Theory of Cultural Work
- F*ck Foucault (PDF file)
- A Critique of the Theory of 'Sexual Scripts'
The essays on these pages are adapted and expanded from my book The Myth of the Modern Homosexual: Queer History and the Search for Cultural Unity (London and Washington: Continuum International, 1997).
(Copyright Rictor Norton. All rights reserved. Reproduction for sale or profit prohibited. This critique may not be archived, republished or redistributed without the permission of the author.)
CITATION: Rictor Norton, A Critique of Social Constructionism and Postmodern Queer Theory, 1 June 2002, expanded 11 July 2002 onwards, updated 1 January 2018 <http://www.rictornorton.co.uk/extracts.htm>
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