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The good, the bad or the queer: articulations of queer resistance in the wire

Frederik Dhaenens UGent and Sofie Van Bauwel UGent (2012) SEXUALITIES. 15(5-6). p.702-717
abstract
Although the representation of queer characters has grown significantly in contemporary western television, most of the popular fiction series are still dominated by hegemonic heteronormative discourses. However, this article demonstrates how the critically acclaimed series The Wire, through its subversive articulations of queer characters, resists heteronormativity. This implies that the series can be read as a defiance of an essentialist, hierarchical and oppositional way of thinking. Our textual thematic analysis reveals how the series uses both deconstructive practices that expose the way heteronormative practices function, and reconstructive practices offering counter-discourses that transgress societal assumptions about gender, sexuality and identity.
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journalArticle (original)
publication status
published
subject
keyword
representation, queer theory, television studies, Identity, sexuality, The Wire
journal title
SEXUALITIES
Sexualities
volume
15
issue
5-6
pages
702 - 717
Web of Science type
Article
Web of Science id
000309142600012
JCR category
SOCIOLOGY
JCR impact factor
0.69 (2012)
JCR rank
84/136 (2012)
JCR quartile
3 (2012)
ISSN
1363-4607
DOI
10.1177/1363460712446280
language
English
UGent publication?
yes
classification
A1
copyright statement
I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
id
1251874
handle
http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-1251874
date created
2011-06-03 16:32:59
date last changed
2013-11-28 10:50:38
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  abstract     = {Although the representation of queer characters has grown significantly in contemporary western television, most of the popular fiction series are still dominated by hegemonic heteronormative discourses. However, this article demonstrates how the critically acclaimed series The Wire, through its subversive articulations of queer characters, resists heteronormativity. This implies that the series can be read as a defiance of an essentialist, hierarchical and oppositional way of thinking. Our textual thematic analysis reveals how the series uses both deconstructive practices that expose the way heteronormative practices function, and reconstructive practices offering counter-discourses that transgress societal assumptions about gender, sexuality and identity.},
  author       = {Dhaenens, Frederik and Van Bauwel, Sofie},
  issn         = {1363-4607},
  journal      = {SEXUALITIES},
  keyword      = {representation,queer theory,television studies,Identity,sexuality,The Wire},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {5-6},
  pages        = {702--717},
  title        = {The good, the bad or the queer: articulations of queer resistance in the wire},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1363460712446280},
  volume       = {15},
  year         = {2012},
}

Chicago
Dhaenens, Frederik, and Sofie Van Bauwel. 2012. “The Good, the Bad or the Queer: Articulations of Queer Resistance in the Wire.” Sexualities 15 (5-6): 702–717.
APA
Dhaenens, F., & Van Bauwel, S. (2012). The good, the bad or the queer: articulations of queer resistance in the wire. SEXUALITIES, 15(5-6), 702–717.
Vancouver
1.
Dhaenens F, Van Bauwel S. The good, the bad or the queer: articulations of queer resistance in the wire. SEXUALITIES. 2012;15(5-6):702–17.
MLA
Dhaenens, Frederik, and Sofie Van Bauwel. “The Good, the Bad or the Queer: Articulations of Queer Resistance in the Wire.” SEXUALITIES 15.5-6 (2012): 702–717. Print.