Honors Capstone Project
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Anthropology | Social and Behavioral Sciences | Social and Cultural Anthropology
This thesis is an ethnographic study of queer activism in New York City. It compares the social dynamics, as well as the possibilities and limitations, of Voices4 and ACT UP/NY, two direct action groups that are involved in different but related struggles. Using the frames of affect, digital media, and temporality, I explore the personal and practical dimensions of activism, as well as the forms of politics that emerge through collective action. While Voices4 and ACT UP engage in similar tactics and strategies, this thesis demonstrates that they take on different overall approaches due to a range of factors, including their respective visions and goals. Voices4 relies heavily on consciousness-raising activities, while ACT UP focuses on structural transformation. Ultimately, this thesis argues that both approaches are necessary for realizing the change these groups desire.
Shearn, Nathan, "In Search of Solidarity: The Politics of Queer Activism in New York City" (2019). Syracuse University Honors Program Capstone Projects. 1104.
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