The Canadian War on Queers: National Security as Sexual Regulation

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UBC Press, Mar 1, 2010 - Social Science - 584 pages
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From the 1950s to the late 1990s, agents of the state spied on, interrogated, and harassed gays and lesbians in Canada, employing social ideologies and other practices to construct their targets as threats to society and enemies of the state.

In this path-breaking book, Gary Kinsman and Patrizia Gentile use official security documents and interviews with gays, lesbians, civil servants, and high-ranking officials to disclose not only the acts of state repression that accompanied the Canadian war on queers but also forms of resistance that raised questions about just whose national security was being protected and about national security as an ideological practice. This passionate, personalized account of how the state used the ideology of national security to wage war on its own people offers ways of understanding, and resisting, contemporary conflicts such as the so-called "war on terror."

 

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Contents

Surveillance and Resistance
1
Resisting National Security
27
Social and Historical Contexts
53
The Social Relations of National Security
115
Attempting to Detect Queers
168
Solidarity versus the RCMP
191
Security Risks and Lesbian Purges in the Military
221
Organizing against the National Security State
243
The Formation of CSIS and HardCore Lesbians
336
National Security the Charter and Limited Inclusion
391
Resisting the Expanding National Security State
429
Index of Interviews
459
Notes
462
Bibliography
523
Index
546
Copyright

Sex Scandals Olympic CleanUps and CrossCountry Organizing
302

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About the author (2010)

Gary Kinsman is a professor in the Sociology Department at Laurentian University, Sudbury. Patrizia Gentile is an assistant professor in the Pauline Jewett Institute of Women's and Gender Studies at Carleton University.