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date: 04 December 2020

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This chapter discusses homonationalism as an analytical concept, which was developed originally to describe how queer identities get mobilized instrumentally to align with neoliberal agendas of nation-states. The chapter also discusses how this concept has been harnessed in newer ways to “do” a tactical politics of resistance by queer movements in illiberal contexts. Studies from the social sciences, broadly, and sociolinguistics, particularly, are presented, with a focus on how homonationalism as a discourse is semiotically construed in particular contexts. A detailed case study involving the Pink Dot movement in Singapore demonstrates the semiosis of homonationalism (in the sense of a resistive politics), through the multi- and inter-semiotic co-deployment of spoken and written language, color, visual images, photographic footages, symbols, music, and represented urban landscapes and embodiment cues. The chapter concludes by highlighting homonationalism as a complex analytical site at which queer politics can get done as well as undone.

Keywords: homonationalism, semiosis, queer politics, resistance, Pink Dot, Singapore

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