Queer Premises: LGBTQ+ Venues in London since the 1980s
Queer Premises offers evidence for how London’s diverse LGBTQ+ populations have embedded themselves into urban space, systems and resources. It sets out to understand how, across their different material dimensions, bars, cafes, nightclubs, pubs, community centres, and hybrids of these typologies, have been imagined, created and sustained.
Queer premises provide vital social and cultural infrastructure – a queer infrastructure – connecting different generations and locations, facilitating the movement of resources, across and beyond the city. Queer Premises offers evidence for how London’s diverse LGBTQ+ populations have embedded themselves into urban space, systems and resources. It sets out to understand how, across their different material dimensions, bars, cafes, nightclubs, pubs, community centres, and hybrids of these typologies, have been imagined, created and sustained.
From the 1980s to the present, Campkin asks how, where, and why these venues have been established, how they operate and the purposes they serve, what challenges they face and why they close down.
‘This terrific book deftly unpicks the shifting and unequal forces – from LGBTQ+ activism to clunky planning processes and neoliberal urban development – that have affected the survival or closure of London’s queer venues since the 1980s. Professor Campkin’s finegrained and authoritative analysis illuminates our understanding of London’s queer nightlife and will reshape queer urban studies.’ Alison Oram
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