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queer theory

Definition of Queer Theory

(noun) A theoretical approach that critically deconstructs and challenges binaries such as male and female or heterosexual and homosexual.

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  • Plural: queer theories
  • Queer theory challenges existing and essentialist notions of gender and sexuality, in particular arguing there is a bias toward heterosexuality as “normal”, referred to as heteronormativity. This bias silences nonheterosexual voices

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Cite the Definition of Queer Theory

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “queer theory.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved August 21, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/queer-theory/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

queer theory. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/queer-theory/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “queer theory.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed August 21, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/queer-theory/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“queer theory.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 21 Aug. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/queer-theory/>.