Nicola Field’s groundbreaking book, Over the Rainbow: Money, Class and Homophobia, will be republished in Autumn 2016. This event will include a reading from Nicola’s book and will be followed by a Q&A session with Nicola.
Over the Rainbow is a detailed political analysis of the material roots of homophobia in class society. Written at a time when commercialisation of the LGBT+ movement was just beginning to take hold in the UK, the book is an uncompromising critique of those who claimed we could use lifestyle politics and the free market, to buy our way out of discrimination and persecution. Over the Rainbow offers an uncompromising critique of the weakness of identity politics and an irrefutable class analysis of LGBT+ oppression. The book was first published by Pluto Press in 1995 and until now, has been out of print.
Nicola is one of the original members of the group Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners, whose story was powerfully portrayed in the hit film Pride. Her book grew from the ferment of struggle in the 1980s and 90s, and contains the first published account of the solidarity LGSM forged with mineworkers during the bitter, year-long strike against the Thatcher government’s pit-closure plans. It thus provides a crucial historical and political context to the events depicted in the film. The original book took on, with controversial ferocity, the rise of identity politics in the 1990s. Today, the contradictions are even sharper – and the new introduction will address the current scene.
“We have same-sex marriage, but violent homophobia is on the rise. And what good is marriage if, in the age of austerity, you can’t get a job or afford a home? The community-led LGBT+ movement is still very active, but is even more polarised from the atrophied melée of bankers, corporatists, policymakers and marketing executives who now dominate the official LGBT+ political scene. The crucial link to class struggle has been dismissed to a large extent by privilege theory, but debates on campuses and picket-lines again offer the chance for intervention – and for reaching new audiences.” Nicola Field
Dubbed ‘a classic’ by Socialist Review magazine, the book has received glowing comments and reviews:
Leo Zeilig, author of Revolt and Protest in Africa and Africa’s Lost Leader: Patrice Lumumba, says of Over the Rainbow: ‘An extraordinary and original attack on homophobia – and an assertion of working class unity in the struggle for sexual emancipation… the book, to my mind, remains unparalleled.’
‘One of a few contemporary scholars going against the grain, continuing the ground-breaking effort to develop an understanding of how sexual identity features in and is shaped by capitalism.’
Rosemary Hennessey, editor of Profit and Pleasure
Anthony Arnove of Haymarket Books calls it: ‘A very important contribution’.
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