Article published in:Language and Citizenship: Broadening the agenda
Edited by Tommaso M. Milani
[Benjamins Current Topics 91] 2017
► pp. 113–136
Discourses, spaces and bodies at Joburg Pride 2012
This article explores an incident that took place in the context of Joburg Pride 2012, where the activist group One in Nine Campaign attempted to temporarily stop the Pride parade through means of a die-in protest, resulting in resistance and violence on the part of the Pride participants. The article argues that Pride and the One in Nine protest are manifestations of two very different types of sexual cityzenship. Whilst Pride is an orderly claim to the urban environment that is founded on an alignment with state-sanctioned, rights-based discourses of gay and lesbian identity, the One in Nine protest is a spatial disruption that problematises the optimistic reliance on sexual identities as catalysts for political action. The article also seeks to offer a queer epistemology that questions the logocentric bias of research on discourse, space and citizenship by encompassing not only the visual but also and most importantly the corporeal.
Keywords: linguistic landscapes, affect, citizenship, space, sexuality, South Africa, national identity, queer
Published online: 09 June 2017