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ERIC Number: EJ956870
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0033-5630
Forgetting ACT UP
Juhasz, Alexandra
Quarterly Journal of Speech, v98 n1 p69-74 2012
When ACT UP is remembered as the pinnacle of postmodern activism, other forms and forums of activism that were taking place during that time--practices that were linked, related, just modern, in dialogue or even opposition to ACT UP's "confrontational activism"--are forgotten. In its time, ACT UP was embedded in New York City, and a larger world, that itself was made up of competing affected and committed communities (albeit with a variety of access to resources), intense political arguments about tactics, and varied activist practices best suited for diverse communities, outcomes, and individuals. People were doing AIDS activist (video) work in institutions from the art world to non-profits, at government agencies and community-based centers, and within their homes and communities. The author argues that to remember ACT UP is also to relish its surrounding and rich context of activist antagonisms, alternatives, associations, alienation, and awe. When ACT UP is remembered, it is most typically thought to be the home of privileged white gay men. (Contains 14 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York