A research programme for queer studies

  • Carmen Dell'Aversano
Keywords: Harvey Sacks, Membership Categorization Analysis, queer theory, queer ethics


Starting from a definition of queer as the deontologization of categories and the denaturalization of performances, this paper aims to delineate a research programme for queer studies based on American sociologist’s Harvey Sacks’s work on social categories. This would make it possible both to generalize the application of queer theory to the analysis of the repressive consequences of all forms of categorization, and to elucidate these repressive effects in a huge variety of social contexts and situation, thus considerably broadening the range of convenience of queer theory.