By Robert Bailey
Drawing from surveys of political attitudes and balloting styles between gays, lesbians, and bisexuals, Bailey's examine is a revealing window into how sexual identification has fostered political alliances. The e-book investigates mayoral balloting styles in America's 3 greatest cities-New York, l. a., and Chicago.
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This is the issue that women face when an Islamic identity is valued higher than a feminist identity in a Muslim political movement or—more pertinent to this book—an African American gay identity is subsumed in one place under a gay identity and in another under a black identity. That is, the possibility of multiple political identities is minimized. The initial attribute separating a sexual-identity social movement from the class-based, cross-gender, cross-race movement of the s new left is itself challenged by diversities within the identity.
In the world of “gay politics,’’ this is easily translated. To act politically on own’s sexual orientation is a social (political) action into which others are invited to read meaning. ’’23 Political identities emerge from political acts—current or past. ’’ There may appear to be a discontinuity here, but only if one deﬁnes the identity “gay or lesbian’’ in terms of sexual acts. If, however, one is observing the political effects of an identity movement, the deﬁnition of the identity must be more speciﬁc than, in this case, sexual acts—for even some who engage in such acts do not in fact consider themselves gay.
The microeconomic models applied to urban , , politics are clearly ahistorical and, in some cases, prescriptive as well as explanatory. , ﬁrms) operating in a larger, competitive political economy. Peterson used the hypothesis that given these economic constraints, cities would tend to direct their scarce resources toward development and that politics in the traditional group-dynamic sense would be limited to the distribution of municipal services. 3 Breton also recognizes Tiebout’s contribution in relating the microeconomic literature to urban and regional ﬁnances (actually, Tiebout was writing on the optimal size of cities, a question of some interest to urban economists and sociologists in the s), but applies the “theory of the ﬁrm” to urban ﬁnance.
Gay Politics, Urban Politics by Robert Bailey