Engendering space: Ballroom culture and the spatial practice of possibility in Detroit

@article{Bailey2014EngenderingSB,
  title={Engendering space: Ballroom culture and the spatial practice of possibility in Detroit},
  author={Marlon Bailey},
  journal={Gender, Place \& Culture},
  year={2014},
  volume={21},
  pages={489 - 507}
}
  • M. Bailey
  • Published 21 April 2014
  • Sociology
  • Gender, Place & Culture
This article examines the ways in which Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) members of the Ballroom community create black queer space to contend with their spatial exclusion from and marginalization within public and private space in urban Detroit, Michigan. Existing in most urban centers throughout North America, Ballroom culture is a community and network of Black and Latina/o LGBT people. In this ethnography, I delineate the multiple functions of two mutually constitutive… 

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