The need for applying sexuality studies analyses that understand sexuality as socially constructed, fluid and materially grounded Butler, ; Cohen, ; Mackenzie, ; Rich, ; Rubin, to prison studies is underscored in recent prisoner-generated narratives of sex and sexuality, describing a range of intimacies and sexualities in the carceral context Blackash, ; Stevens, As Al put it: You have all these different classes, all these different structures where you have to fit in to one specific category.
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Rather than assume that the homonormative subjectivities produced in the dense social networks and spaces of metropolitan gay life are reproduced in other geographical contexts, I suggest that researchers should examine the complex range of contemporary and historical factors including, but not limited to neoliberal economic policies and modes of governmentality that shape LGBT lives in small and medium-sized cities.
The street is home to people from a range of social backgrounds. These relationships were not necessarily mutually exclusive, and sex with men was often described as meeting many of these ends.