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Darren Langdridge: Stories of sexual citizenship: conviction and critique

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This talk was recorded and presented for the launch of the OPRC, Opening Psychology for Changing Times in Summer 2021.

It is commonly assumed that state recognition and social acceptance of diverse sexualities has dramatically improved in recent years. In this talk, Darren Langdridge seeks to problematise this notion, arguing that the boundaries of sexual citizenship are policed in ever more inventive ways. He argues that our best hope for the future is to avoid the polarized ‘either-or’ politics that is in the ascendency and instead work dialectically to embrace conviction and critique.

Key Readings:

Langdridge, D. & Parchev, O. (2018). Transgression versus (sexual) citizenship: political resistance and the struggle for self-determination within BDSM communities. Citizenship Studies, 22(7), 667-684.

Langdridge, D. (2018). Benevolent heterosexism and the ‘less-than-queer’ citizen subject. In P. Hammack (ed.) The Oxford Handbook of Social Psychology and Social Justice, New York: Oxford University Press, pp. 205–219.

Langdridge, D. (2013). Gay fathers, gay citizenship: on the power of futurism and assimilation. Citizenship Studies, 17(6–7), pp. 713–726.