Thirding as a way of arranging the real: The production of decolonial queer spaces in the Southern Andes

by Di Pietro, Pedro Jose Javier, Ph.D., STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK AT BINGHAMTON, 2012, 326 pages; 3522480

Abstract:

Queer spaces produced by racialized faggots [maricas] and transvestites [travestis ] from the Southern Andes remake being by pressing the "Eurocentered gender dimorphism". Neither the mimicking ghosts of criollo masculinity/femininity nor the conscious agents of sexual transgression, they actualize subaltern sociality beyond the mandates of criollaje and modern narratives of sexual identity. By so doing, they expose the centrality of the man-woman schism in the racialization of the colonized. Their indigenous logic moves beyond the fractures of modernity. Queering space from the place of colonial difference is revealed as the thirding of spatial production/knowledge.

This research begins with the comportments shared among factory workers and a kid from Argentina's northwest. Reenacting the musical performance of a 1980s pop-star, they rearrange working class/racialized masculinity. It explores their negotiation of homophobic violence and how they weave an intimate yet anonymous kind of proximity. Without a decolonial methodology, this spatial production would remain unexplored by the Eurocentered queer archive.

Chapter one places this queer space within the context of spatial global production. By focusing on the narrative of identity tourism, it unveils a cartography for difference. Under this neutralizing map of racial/gendered differences, the rest of the dissertation explores subaltern queer world-making. Chapter two engages spatial theorizing in the work of US-women of color, foregrounding a way of knowing space already embedded in transnational feminism when the decolonization of the self is at its core. The metaphor "thirding" stems from this discussion, becoming the key to decipher queer spaces beyond the Eurocentered divides present-past and center-margin.

Chapter three looks into the pictograms of subaltern differentiation that Guaman Poma de Ayala recorded in "The New Chronicle and Good Government" (NC). Engaging Rodolfo Kusch's rendering of Quechua and Aymara cosmologies, it offers a decolonial interpretation of Gender within the styles of subjectivity depicted by the NC. Finally, chapter four examines the subaltern production of "femininity" by racialized transvestites and faggots. It shows that they disengage not only from criollo femininity but also from the gendered paths of china and chango. Ser femenina marks a third site for subjective formation against the colonial/modern gender system.

AdviserMaria C. Lugones
SchoolSTATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK AT BINGHAMTON
Source TypeDissertation
SubjectsPhilosophy; LGBTQ studies; Latin American studies
Publication Number3522480

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