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Assembling the Poor People's Campaign (1968) Queer Activism and Economic Justice

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Title: Assembling the Poor People's Campaign (1968) Queer Activism and Economic Justice
Author: Juhasz-Wood, Christina
Advisor(s): Goldstein, Alyosha
Committee Member(s): Gomez, Laura
Reyes, Barbara
Department: University of New Mexico. Dept. of American Studies
Subject(s): Queer Studies
Southwest Studies
Race, Class and Ethnicity
LC Subject(s): Poor People's Campaign
Basic needs--United States
Civil rights movements--United States
Gay liberation movement
Queer theory
Degree Level: Masters
Abstract: This thesis attempts to bring the Poor People’s Campaign (PPC) of 1968 into contemporary discussions about queer scholarship and activism. The PPC assembled a diverse racial and ethnic constituency in an unprecedented way to produce a massive, national political campaign to end poverty. This complex assemblage was largely indecipherable to the press and many historians, which has contributed to the view that the campaign was a failure, particularly in relation to the civil rights movement . I describe how the mainstream gay rights movement appropriates the civil rights movement as normative to seek forms of national inclusion. I argue that the PPC provides a historical model for queer disruptions to homonormativity through radical alliances for racial, gendered, decolonial, and economic justice.
Graduation Date: July 2011
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1928/13198
Item Available: 2017-07-31

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