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QUEERING THE PUBLIC SPACE: DISPLACEMENT, PUNISHMENT AND UTOPIAS IN ATHENS

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In my thesis I explore the social landscape of Athens, Greece and the two cases of Zak Kostopoulos (Zackie) and Shehzad Luqman. I argue that Athens is built on a foundation of heterosexism, xenophobia, neoliberalism, and orthodox christianity which impacts bodies in the city’s space in various ways. Those who do not conform to these dominant values are displaced to the periphery of Athens and are at risk of being publicly punished. I engage theories by Michele Foucault, Gloria Anzaldúa, and José Muñoz to analyze the ways in which the Shehzad and Zackie were impacted by the dominant structure. Additionally, I look into utopian spaces created during the queer liberation march in Athens and outside of the courthouse on the trial of Zackie’s murder and how they serve as a counter argument to the continuation of the four dominant values.
subject
Athens
displacement
heteronormativity
mobility
queer theory
utopia
contributor
Nikolaou-Damaskinou, Lucia (author)
Von Burg, Alessandra (committee chair)
Gupta, Kristina (committee member)
Carastathis, Anna (committee member)
date
2021-06-03T08:36:16Z (accessioned)
2021-06-03T08:36:16Z (available)
2021 (issued)
degree
Communication (discipline)
identifier
http://hdl.handle.net/10339/98827 (uri)
language
en (iso)
publisher
Wake Forest University
title
QUEERING THE PUBLIC SPACE: DISPLACEMENT, PUNISHMENT AND UTOPIAS IN ATHENS
type
Thesis

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