Encyclopedia of Psychology and Religion

2020 Edition
| Editors: David A. Leeming

LGBTQI and Queer Studies

  • Kelby HarrisonEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-24348-7_9043

In 1995, Lauren Berlant and Michael Warner wrote that the only way to capture queer theory is through “a kind of anti-encyclopedia entry” because “queer theory is not the theory of anything in particular, and has no precise bibliographic shape.” In the nearly 20 years since Berlant and Warner’s article, queer theory has taken shape – nearly having a canon. This rapidly growing discourse of subaltern, deviant, and/or minoritized expressions of sexual desire – what we usual call lesbian, gay, bisexual, or queer – and the rapidly shifting political environment increasingly allows scholars to ask and answer such questions in public forums without risking professional reprisal.

However, the canon of queer theory is a significantly different body of literature than lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) studies, which in turn is different from LGBTI religious literature, queer theology, and LGBTI psychology. To create an encyclopedic entry of these disparate bodies of...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Union Theological SeminaryNew YorkUSA