By Michael Bronski
<b>Winner of a 2012 Stonewall booklet Award in nonfiction
</b>A Queer historical past of the United States is greater than a “who’s who” of queer heritage: it's a booklet that appreciably demanding situations how we comprehend American historical past. Drawing upon primary-source files, literature, and cultural histories, student and activist Michael Bronski charts the breadth of lesbian, homosexual, bisexual, and transgender historical past, from 1492 to the 1990s.
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In the short run, however, our great deficit lies on the interactional side of the individual social ledger. Instead of reducing social behavior to individual decision-making, social scientists urgently need to study the relational constraints within which all individual action takes place. My second disclaimer is intended chiefly for specialists in the study of inequality. Insiders may find baffling and irritating my tendency to draw heavily from the results of research based on individualistic assumptions and then to trash those assumptions.
By the same token, we can anticipate heated resistance to causal analyses, however well founded, that contradict the possibility arguments built into cherished doctrines. Here the second and third obstacles combine. Widely accepted American moral, legal, and political doctrines enshrine the individual as a conscious, responsible, efficacious agent of her or his own actions. Here, too, individualism reigns. Anyone who locates efficacious social action in the contract rather than the signers, in the plot rather than the players, in the conversation rather than the speaker invites intuitive rejection on behalf of cherished creeds.
Zelizer categorizes payments as follows: Gifts, which are transfers of money at the current possessor's discretion, without a prior stipulation of the recipient's consequent obligations Entitlements, which are payments due the recipient by contractual right, enforceable by appeal to authoritative third parties Compensation, which is a monetary exchange for goods and services, based on prior agreement concerning the relation between price and a mix of quality and quantity Contrary to analysts who assume that ultimately all monetary transfers amount to quid pro quo exchanges, Zelizer argues that gifts, entitlements, and compensation involve contrasting rationales, meanings, and social relations.
A Queer History of the United States (ReVisioning American History) by Michael Bronski