Contemporary French Civilization

Mayoral masculinities? The case of Delanoë and Wowereit

Contemporary French Civilization (2012), 37, (2-3), 237–253.

Abstract

This article will offer an analysis of two key figures positioned at the intersection of gay politics and culture: Bertrand Delanoë and Klaus Wowereit, openly gay mayors of Paris and Berlin respectively. Attention will be paid to the ways in which they describe their own embodied engagement with politics in discursive and/or visual form. As they are figureheads for cities which are perceived as playing a central role in the construction of a European gay body politic, we will examine the ways in which the depiction of the mayors' embodiment of masculinities has evolved through an engagement with questions of in/visibilities of the male subject, the public/private divide, and the influence of a contemporary urban backdrop.

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Johnston, Cristina