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How Places Make Us: Novel LBQ Identities in Four Small Cities

Japonica Brown-Saracino


Drawing on an ethnography of lesbian, bisexual, and queer (LBQ) residents in Ithaca, New York; San Luis Obispo, California; Greenfield, Massachusetts; and Portland, Maine; How Places Make Us shows how LBQ migrants craft a unique sense of self that corresponds to their new homes. The book demonstrates that sexual identities are responsive to city ecology. Despite the fact that the LBQ residents of all four cities share many demographic and cultural traits, their approaches to sexual identity politics and to ties with other LBQ individuals and heterosexual residents vary markedly by where they l ... More

Keywords: urban, identity, sexualities, ecology, lesbian, culture, place, community, sexual identity culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780226361116
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226361390.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Japonica Brown-Saracino, author
Boston University