Black Sheep by Day

  • Timothy Eugene Murphy


The chapter brings the reader from nocturnal bohemia back out into the day, exposing Teresina’s bohemians in the context of the ordinary and the normal. Rather than transcending mainstream local life, the bohemians find themselves in constant negotiation with it. The chapter addresses how these bohemians negotiate double lives––participating in both the nightlife of bohemia and the “daylife” of mainstream society. Part of this negotiation means deploying different discourses and practices in different spaces and moments. The chapter argues that it is through such negotiations and its ethos of queerness (e.g., fluidity, flexibility, and openness to possibility) that the community of bohemians makes sense of the contradiction of being both local and cosmopolitan.


Belonging Cosmopolitanism Mainstream society Double-life 


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  • Timothy Eugene Murphy
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  1. 1.Worcester State UniversityWorcesterUSA

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