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Conclusion

Conclusion

Protohomonationalism

Chapter:
(p.215) 6 Conclusion
Source:
Make Yourselves Gods
Author(s):
Peter Coviello
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226474472.003.0007

Looking back through contemporary entanglements of Mormonism with homosexuality, this chapter frames the book’s arguments about the biopolitics of secularism by figuring the Mormons in the key of homonationalism: as a population marked out as expendable life and countering such denigration through a hyperbolized identification with the norms of the racial state. It argues that the Mormon story, with its running together of erotic errancy, racial status, and proper belief, helps us to establish an enlarged critical vocabulary for the workings of biopolitics. In its attention to racialized religion and desecularized races, this revised perspective looks to unwrite the secularizing presumption still sheltered within the idioms of biopolitical critique.

Keywords:   homonationalism, queer theory, gay conversion, Mormonism, Jasbir Puar, Michel Foucault, biopolitics

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