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Love and MoneyQueers, Class, and Cultural Production$
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Lisa Henderson

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780814790571

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814790571.001.0001

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A Cultural Politics of Love and Solidarity

(p.155) Conclusion
Love and Money

Lisa Henderson

NYU Press

This concluding chapter presents reflections on criticism as a form of cultural production and political intervention. It argues that queerness today is “clenched” and therefore unable to find new conditions of solidarity, and offers three resolutions and a gesture to unclench these fists of queerness. The first resolution is to challenge the claim that there is no discourse of class in the United States. The second is to broaden both the Marxist and liberal definitions of social class to better recognize class's cultural formation and expression. The third is to tolerate—for good analytic reasons—the conflation of class and status. The gesture, finally, is to draw upon both the history of queer friendship and the future of queer becoming to change queer class solidarity in the present.

Keywords:   criticism, cultural production, political intervention, queerness, queer class solidarity, queer friendship, social class, queer becoming

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