Butch Queens Up in Pumps: Gender, Performance, and Ballroom Culture in Detroit

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University of Michigan Press, Aug 29, 2013 - Performing Arts - 279 pages

Butch Queens Up in Pumpsexamines Ballroom culture, in which inner-city LGBT individuals dress, dance, and vogue to compete for prizes and trophies. Participants are affiliated with a house, an alternative family structure typically named after haute couture designers and providing support to this diverse community. Marlon M. Bailey’s rich first-person performance ethnography of the Ballroom scene in Detroit examines Ballroom as a queer cultural formation that upsets dominant notions of gender, sexuality, kinship, and community.

 

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Contents

Peforming Gender Creating Kinship Forging Community
1
Chapter Two Aint Nothing Like a Butch Queen The Gender System in Ballroom Culture
29
From House to House Ballroom Houses Platonic Parents and Overlapping Kinship
77
Chapter Four Its Gonna Get Severe Up in Here Ball Events Ritualized Performance and Black Queer Space
124
Chapter Five They Want Us Sick Ballroom Culture and the Politics of HIVAIDS
182
The Future of Ballroom Culture
221
Notes
229
Glossary
253
Bibliography
255
Index
265
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Marlon M. Bailey is Associate Professor of Women and Gender Studies in the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University.

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