Christian Nationalism as National Body Dysphoria

Brad speaks to his co-host Dan Miller about Miller’s new book, Queer Democracy: Desire, Dysphoria, and the Body Politic. Dan explains why the metaphor of the social body is helpful for understanding Christian nationalism as a visceral reaction to the expansion freedoms and rights to marginalized groups within the American body politic. In essence, Miller explains, Christian nationalism holds a myopic vision of what the American body should look like. When it morphs not only to include, but to foreground those who are not straight, White, native born, and/or Christian, it feels to the Christian nationalist as if something is wrong, even if they don’t have good arguments to explain why.

Miller finishes the conversation by arguing for the promise and potential of a queer democracy.

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