'There is more to identity than identifying with one’s culture or standing solidly against it. Jose Esteban Munoz looks at how those outside the racial and sexual mainstream negotiate majority culture—not by aligning themselves with or against exclusionary works but rather by transforming these works for their own cultural purposes. Munoz calls this process “disidentification,” and through a study of its workings, he develops a new perspective on minority performance, survival, and activism.

Disidentifications is also something 
of a performance in its own right, an attempt to fashion a queer world by working on, with, and against dominant ideology. By examining the process of identification in the work of filmmakers, performance artists, ethnographers, Cuban choteo, forms of gay male mass culture (such as pornography), museums, art photography, camp and drag, and television, Munoz persistently points to the intersecting and short-circuiting of identities and desires that result from misalignments with the cultural and ideological mainstream in contemporary urban America.' - from publisher's website

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Preface: Jack's Pluger
Introduction: Performing Disidentifications
Part I: The Melancholia of Race
Famous and Dandy like B. 'n' Andy: Race, Pop, and Basquiat
Photographies of Mourning: Melancholia and Ambivalence in Van DerZee, Mapplerthorpe, and Looking for Langston
Part II: Remaking Genres: Porn, Punk, and Ethnography
The Autoethnographic Performance: Reading Richard Fung's Queer Hybridity
'The White to Be Angry': Vaginal Creme Davis's Terrorist Drag
Part III: Critical Cubania
Sister Acts: Ela Troyano and Carmelita Tropicana
Pedro Zamora's Real World of Counterpublicity: Performing an Ethics of the Self
Performing Disidentity: Disidentification as a Practice of Freedom
Latina Performance and Queer Worldmaking; or, Chusmería at the End of the Twentieth Century
Disidentifications: Queers of Color and the Performance of Politics
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