Relocations: Queer Suburban Imaginaries

Relocations: Queer Suburban ImaginariesWhat Queer Lives, Loves And Possibilities Teem Within Suburbia S Little Boxes Moving Beyond The Imbedded Urban Rural Binary, Relocations Offers The First Major Queer Cultural Study Of Sexuality, Race And Representation In The Suburbs Focusing On The Region Humorists Have Referred To As Lesser Los Angeles A Global Prototype For Sprawl Karen Tongson Weaves Through Suburbia S Nowhere Spaces To Survey Our Spatial Imaginaries The Aesthetic, Creative And Popular Materials Of The New SuburbiaAcross Southern California S Freeways, Beneath Its Overpasses And Just Beyond Its Winding Cloverleaf Interchanges, Tongson Explores The Improvisational Archives Of Queer Suburban Sociability, From Multimedia Artist Lynne Chan S JJ Chinois Projects And The Amusement Park Night Clubs Of S Orange County To The Imperial Legacies Of The Region Known As The Inland Empire By Taking A Hard Look At The Cosmopolitanism Historically Considered De Rigeur For Queer Subjects, While Engaging With The So Called New Suburbanism That Has Captivated The National Imaginary In Everything From Lifestyle Trends To Electoral Politics, Relocations Radically Revises Our Sense Of Where To See And Feel Queer Of Color Sociability, Politics And Desire CAN I GIVE THIS BOOK TEN STARS I don t know if I really got all of it, but even so, it challenged my perceptions about suburbia I ve lived in the suburbs for most of my life, and always hated them, but this book helped me look at my surroundings in a different way And that is the best sort of book, I think Tongson focuses a lot on the music that she believes helps typify Southern California primarily Orange County living, and at times I felt like making the book a study on the region s soundscapes would have been a better focal point while I did overall enjoy Tongson s thoughts on gender and race, there were times when they felt secondary to her study on music, particularly in the Gwen Stefani section Tongson while acknowledging the racism implicit in Stefani s harajuku girls just as q Tongson focuses a lot on the music that she believes helps typify Southern California primarily Orange County living, and at times I felt like making the book a study on the region s soundscapes would have been a better focal point while I did overall enjoy Tongson s thoughts on gender and race, there were times when they felt secondary to her study on music, particularly in the Gwen Stefani section Tongson while acknowledging the racism implicit in Stefani s harajuku girls just as quickly dismisses it in favor of championing Stefani s Love Angel Music Baby. album as the exemplar form of O.C 80s 90s subcultural dance club sound, which I found odd considering her point that the subcultural does not always consist of white bodies choosing white suburbanite Stefani s music felt bizarre.I enjoyed it overall, and I want to watch The O.C now This book is sprawling, like the suburbs and highway systems Tongson writes about, but surprisingly it never gets too overwhelming in its disorientation Although I had some issues with her conception of the rural and have very few suburban experiences myself, I liked her theorization of the suburbs as queer imaginaries and as places for queers to return to, since they are so often figured as homogenous zones of heteronormativity that queers must want to leave The only con that I rememb This book is sprawling, like the suburbs and highway systems Tongson writes about, but surprisingly it never gets too overwhelming in its disorientation Although I had some issues with her conception of the rural and have very few suburban experiences myself, I liked her theorization of the suburbs as queer imaginaries and as places for queers to return to, since they are so often figured as homogenous zones of heteronormativity that queers must want to leave The only con that I remember three months after reading the book While Tongson is quite clear about her decision to focus almost solely on the suburbs of southern California, I would ve likedabout those implications for the rest of the US Tongson does an amazing job of highlighting queers of color in conjunction with queer temporalities in the Southern California area So, she really doesn t write queer theory regularly Could have fooled me