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The Canadian War on Queers

National Security as Sexual Regulation

From the 1950s to the late 1990s, agents of the state spied on, interrogated, and harassed gays and lesbians in Canada, employing social ideologies and other practices to construct their targets as threats to society. Based on official security documents and interviews with gays, lesbians, civil servants, and high-ranking officials, this path-breaking book discloses acts of state repression and forms of resistance that raise questions about just whose national security was being protected. Passionate and personalized, this account of how the state used the ideology of national security to wage war on its own people offers ways of understanding, and resisting, contemporary conflicts such as the “war on terror.”

584 pages

Sexuality Stud


Table of Contents

Preface: National Security Wars Then and Now

1 Queering National Security, the Cold War, and Canadian History

2 Queer History and Sociology from Below: Resisting National Security as an Ideological Practice

3 The Cold War against Queers: Social and Historical Contexts

4 The Social Relations of National Security: Spying and Interrogation

5 The “Fruit Machine”: Attempting to Detect Queers

6 Queer Resistance and the Security Response

7 The Campaign Continues in the 1970s: Security Risks and Lesbian Purges in the Military

8 “Gay Political Activists” and “Radical Lesbians”: Organizing against the National Security State

9 From Exclusion to Assimilation

10 Resisting the Expanding National Security State: From the Canadian War on Queers to the War on “Terror”

Appendix

Notes

Bibliography

Index

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