Dissertation thesis, date of defense: 2015 September, 10.
Geographies of sexualities started to develop within the Anglo-American academic context during the late 1980s. In the 1990s, propelled by the cultural turn, the
In contrast to other phenomena that may be locally exclusive or particular, human sexualities are everyplace, albeit quite variable and dependent on the context in which they “enter into language,” become institutionalized, and are regulated. Geographers have been specifically insightful about the ways in which sexualities, particularly the sexual identities and behaviors, are geographical and how various spaces and places become sexualized. Post-structuralist and queer geographical approaches substantiated in this thesis are thus utilized for gaining understanding about the spatiality and contextuality of human (sexual) subject (de)construction, which is heavily dependent on understanding the workings of power, discourse, and meaning. The societal (re)production, (re)construction, and deconstruction of heteronormativity as a prominent form of constitutive power-relation, which is involved in the regulation of human sexualities, becomes a focal point of this thesis.
By employing quantitative methodologies within a queer research project on hard-to-survey populations, I aim to queer the normative methodological framework and contribute to the use of quantitative methods outside of their traditional representative uses. Both micro- and macro-scale studies were conducted to examine and provide evidence about the spatial workings of heteronormativity. At the micro scale, a fluidity, multiplicity
geographies of sexualities, heteronormativity, queer theory, sexuality, non-heterosexuals, Czechia, CEE, post-structuralism, postmodernism, cultural turn,