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The Spiv and the ArchitectUnruly Life in Postwar London$
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Richard Hornsey

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780816653140

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816653140.001.0001

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Social Modernism and Male Homosexuality in Postwar London

Social Modernism and Male Homosexuality in Postwar London

(p.1) Introduction Social Modernism and Male Homosexuality in Postwar London
The Spiv and the Architect

Richard Hornsey

University of Minnesota Press

This introductory chapter provides a background to Britain’s efforts in reorganizing everyday space and time within postwar London, focusing on the dominant projections of social order, and the various ways in which male same-sex desire was demonized, defended, and negotiated in relief. It talks about the various forms of queer subjectivity and alternative modes of resistance that emerged during the early postwar decades, and describes cultural arguments about the dynamics of the metropolitan queer men. The chapter also gives account of the journalist Peter Wildeblood, one of the well-known queer men that publicly defended homosexuality.

Keywords:   postwar London, male same-sex desire, queer subjectivity, queer men, Peter Wildeblood, homosexuality

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