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Frottage: Frictions of Intimacy across the Black Diaspora

Keguro Macharia


“Frottage” elaborates a conceptual framework for the book. It describes how black diasporic geohistories reframe queer studies and how queer studies, in turn, reframe black diaspora studies. I identify three key terms in black diaspora studies: kinship, hybridity, and thinghood. Dominant approaches in black diaspora studies have framed the black diaspora as a search for kinship, whether biological or fictive, creating what I describe as a genealogical imperative for black diasporic intellectual and cultural production. Attempting to redress this genealogical imperative, and the racial and ethn ... More

Keywords: kinship, deracination, ungendering, thinghood

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781479881147
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479881147.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Keguro Macharia, author