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Sociology PhD student Julie Gouweloos

McMaster PhD Candidate in sociology receives 2017 best student paper award

Julie Gouweloos, a PhD candidate in the Sociology department, was awarded the 2017 Student Paper Award for the Sexual Behaviour, Politics, and Communities Division at the Society for the Study of Social Problems conference in Montreal on August 12, 2017.

Sep 27, 2017

McMaster University PhD candidate, Julie Gouweloos, was awarded the best student paper award for the 2017 competition in the Sexual Behaviour, Politics, and Communities Division of the Society for the Study of Social Problems. The paper is titled, “Telling ‘Our’ Stories: Collectivity and Fragmentation in the LGBTQ+ Movement.”

It situates popular drag as a form of storytelling in the LGBTQ+ movement. Building on data garnered through observation and 35 semi-structured interviews Ms. Gouweloos argues that through popular drag, LGBTQ+ peoples tell stories that critique hegemonic gender and sexuality. They tell stories that are empowering and that seek to empower others. In telling these stories, popular drag stories can unite and build collectivity. Yet storytelling processes can also undermine collectivity and fragment movement groups. In the case of popular drag storytelling, failure to address the intersecting power relations that shape the experiences of LGBTQ+ folks works to exclude and marginalize certain stories.