Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Monday, February 2, 2015: Book: Safe Space: Gay Neighborhood History and Politics of Violence

Safe Space: Gay Neighborhood History and Politics of Violence

Kate Raphael talks with Christina Hanhardt, author of SAFE SPACE: GAY NEIGHBORHOOD HISTORY AND THE POLITICS OF VIOLENCE.  It's a fascinating look at how the decision to seek safety by claiming space and eventually policing who could be in that space changed not only the gay movement but cities themselves.  Focusing on San Francisco and New York between the mid-sixties and the mid-nineties, the book explores the nexus between gentrification, gay identity, overpolicing and the War on Poverty.

Christina B. Hanhardt is Associate Professor in the Department of American Studies. Her research focuses on the historical and contemporary study of U.S. social movements and cities since the mid-20th century, with an emphasis on the politics of stigma, punishment, and uneven development. Her first book, Safe Space: Gay Neighborhood History and the Politics of Violence (Duke University Press, 2013), is a history of (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) LGBT activism against violence in New York and San Francisco from the mid-1960s to the early 2000s, framed in the context of broader debates about poverty, gentrification, and policing. Safe Space won the 2014 Lambda Literary Award for Best Book in LGBT Studies, and honorable mention for both the American Studies Association’s John Hope Franklin Prize for Best Book in American Studies, and the Lora Romero Prize for Best First Book in American Studies that highlights the intersections of race with gender, class, sexuality and/or nation.

Hanhardt teaches classes in LGBT studies and queer theory, American studies, U.S. social movements, urban studies, and other topics. She was the winner of the 2013 Undergraduate Studies Teaching Award at the University of Maryland.

During academic year 2014-2015 Professor Hanhardt is on sabbatical and conducting research with the support of a Research and Scholarship Award from the Graduate School.  She is dividing her time between the DC-area and New York, where is a visiting scholar at the Center for Place, Culture, and Politics at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

Click here to listen to entire show. 59:50 min.
Also on today's show:
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