Identiteettipolitiikan loppu. Homo- ja lesbopolitiikka vuoden 2000 kynnyksellä

The end of identity politics – Gay and lesbian politics on the threshold of the 21st century

The article discusses the present-day state and the future of gay and lesbian politics, with a special reference to Finland. It points out the constraints and strategic dead-ends inherent in gay and lesbian identity politics. Mapping the possibilities of a less category-bound and more flexible politics of emancipatory transgression the article draws from the theoretical contributions of Judith Butler and Ernesto Laclau in particular. It argues that the factual developments in Finnish society and among "gays and lesbians" show the hetero/gay/lesbian categorisation is becoming redundant. Consequently, the strategy of identity politics is not sexual politically innovative anymore, either.

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