There are 4 Questions that need to be answered in one file. Each question requires a 300 word response. Each question needs to follow these directions.
1. Each of the following questions prompts you to make an argument and substantiate that argument with examples from your readings. You do not have to create your own thesis. Instead, you need to think about how you will argue for or explain an idea that is essential to the course and field of study.
2. Start with an introductory paragraph that introduces your take on the argument or your definition of a particular term, and then write supporting paragraphs drawing on specific examples from the readings. Specific examples means names of people/places, references to specific events, dates or chronology, specific terms, and quotations.
3. Make sure that the examples you use include the following details: names of groups of people or important actors (including proper names drawn from the text), dates (include specific dateslike the year 1924as well as general dateslike decades or periods such as the nineteenth century), places (names of specific neighborhoods, cities, regions, etc.), and important texts or sources.
4. Account for the complexity of race, class, nationality and any other relevant axis of difference. LGBTQ identities cannot be totally severed from the context of race, class, nationalitynot to mention ableism or religious identity. Your readings account for these contexts explicitly and implicitly, and you should make sure you do so in each of your answers. Finally, dont focus solely on one group (gay men, for example).
The questions that need to be answered are down below
1. Social and historical construction: Using any part of Jeffrey Weeks and no fewer than three other readings from Unit 1 the syllabus, explain how behavior is different from identity, as well as the ways in which gender or sexual identity is socially constructedor shaped by socioeconomic, cultural, legal, and other institutional processes. Cite at least one example of a person whose sexual orientation or gender identity would not be considered lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender in a contemporary sense, but how their identity was nonetheless queer, or non-normative. Finally, explain how historians can understand the historical context that distinguishes between gender identity (like cisgender versus transgender identity)and identity based on sexual orientation (like bisexual, lesbian, or gay identity). Ideally, your answer should account for the complexity of race or class.
2. Social regulation: Using Jeffrey Weeks definition of social regulationand no fewer than five readings from Unit 1 and Unit 2 of our syllabus, explain how social regulation has shaped LGBT history in the United States. Explain how medicine/medical discourse, the media, and the law have shaped ideas about gender and sexuality. Your answer should account for chronology, or change/development over time, and should cover the period from about 1920 to the 1950s. Ideally, your answer should account for the complexity of race and class.
3. Capitalism and LGBTQ culture: Using no fewer than five readings from Unit 2 and Unit 3 of our syllabus, explain how capitalism has shaped LGBTQ identities and communities. In addition to the broad or macroeconomic dynamics of capitalismlabor markets, industrialization, urbanizationpay attention to the microeconomic aspects of capitalism, including consumer behavior and participation in consumer markets. You should consider bars and nightlife, but be expansive in your thinking about the economy. Remember that art, media, and medicine are all shaped by market forces because the products they offer are largely available in the context of the market. Explain how markets and capitalism have been both beneficial for some LGBTQ people as well as the ways in which capitalist exploitation has limited political and social solidarity among LGBTQ people. Your answer should account for chronology, or change/development over time, and should cite at least one example from four of the following six decades: the 1920s, the 1930s, the 1940s, the 1950s, the 1960s, and the 1970s. Ideally, your answer should account for the complexity of race and class.
4. Politics, Cultural Resistance, and LGBTQ identity: Using Jeffrey Weeks essay on the Social Construction of Sexuality, explain how we might differentiate cultural resistance from political interventions, and how these might help us to explain solidarity and social divisionor cooperation and non-cooperation among people with similar interests or identities? Be critical about how you take up Weeks definitions: do the cultures of the term of resistance and political interventions share important features as well, and if so, what are they and how? As you explain the differences and similarities of the terms cultural resistance and political intervention, use no fewer than five sources from Unit 3. Your answer should account for each of the following: transgender activism, Gay Liberation (1969-1970), lesbian-feminism, and AIDS activism. Ideally, your answer should account for the complexity of race and class.
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