Just Queer Folks

9781439909973: Hardback
Release Date: 14th June 2013

9781439909980: Paperback
Release Date: 14th June 2013

Dimensions: 152 x 229

Number of Pages: 264

Series Sexuality Studies

Temple University Press

Just Queer Folks

Gender and Sexuality in Rural America

Hardback / £72.00
Paperback / £27.99

Uncovering the history of gender and sexual nonconformity in rural America during the first half of the twentieth century

Section I
1 Life Science: The Agrarian Origins of American Sexuality
2 Town and Country: Country Life and the Nationalization of Middle-Class Morality
Section II
3 Casual Sex: Homosociality, Homosexuality, and the Itinerant Working Poor
4 Community Standards: Village Mentality and the Queer Eccentric
5 Camp Life: The Queer History of “Manhood” in the Civilian Conservation Corps
6 Hard Women: Rural Women and Female Masculinity
Conclusion: Mansfield, Ohio

Colin R. Johnson is Assistant Professor of Gender Studies and Adjunct Assistant Professor of American Studies, History, and Human Biology at Indiana University, Bloomington. 

"Filling a notable scholarly gap, Just Queer Folks appropriately critiques the almost unilateral urban focus of most scholarship on queer life in America. But it does much more. Instead of offering a social history of gay and lesbian life in rural districts, the book focuses on how changing understandings of sexuality and gender across the nation during the twentieth century affected rural people's understandings of same sex behavior and gender nonconformity.... illuminating."--The Middle West Review, Fall 2015

"What makes Johnson’s book so valuable is that it exemplifies the possible scope and weight of agricultural history…. Just Queer Folks demonstrates what a compelling, lively, and overall vital field of study rural history is. It reminds agricultural historians to analyze their own internalized metronormative gaze and explore new topics. Furthermore, Johnson’s work prompts all historians and scholars of gender, sexuality, environment, identity politics, and many others to consider the importance of rural life in American history."--The Journal of Critical Thought and Praxis, Volume 4, Issue 2