By Michael Bronski

ISBN-10: 0807044652

ISBN-13: 9780807044650

<b>Winner of a 2012 Stonewall e-book Award in nonfiction

</b>A Queer heritage of the United States is greater than a “who’s who” of queer heritage: it's a ebook that substantially demanding situations how we comprehend American historical past. Drawing upon primary-source records, literature, and cultural histories, pupil and activist Michael Bronski charts the breadth of lesbian, homosexual, bisexual, and transgender historical past, from 1492 to the 1990s. 

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An evolutionary approach is clearly a naturalizing one—the goal of evolutionary approaches to the human sciences is, after all, to put our own species back into the natural world. But Latour does not appreciate the inclusive nature of the naturalistic perspective. True, if the human sciences are to be naturalized, then contemporary sociology and social-cultural anthropology must pass through the culling process of compatibility with adjacent fields, but most of the familiar landscape would remain.

Postmodernists would say no, for the postmodernist stance is skepticism toward all grand theory (Lyotard, 1984), all “totalizing” metanarratives. One could argue that postmodernism is itself a metanarrative, an argument whose only point is that all or at least most of us seem to need some kind of broad framework to understand the universe, even if that framework involves the organized denial of that need. ” For those for whom a Darwinian framework does not work, that fact provides license for thoughtful criticism and a reason to seek to develop alternative frameworks leading to alternative predictions and definitions of data, but it is certainly not grounds for contemptuous dismissal.

Much of deconstructionism and discourse analysis is readily compatible with the evolutionist’s insistence that communication evolved as a way to influence the behavior of others in one’s own interest, rather than to convey some kind of truth for its own sake. The culled social sciences would still be recognizable i n t r od u c ti on 33 as the social sciences but with new clarity and compatibility and a tendency for ordered understandings to accumulate rather than for fashions to shift. 23 The approach is also far more modest than the “jumping together” of explanations espoused by E.

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