Left of Edendale: The Deep Politics of Communist Community

Daniel Hurewitz

in Bohemian Los Angeles

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2007 | ISBN: 9780520249257
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520941694 | DOI:
Left of Edendale: The Deep Politics of Communist Community

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In mid- and late-1930s Los Angeles, fairies and degenerates became identified as dangerous because they were allied in the political culture with leftists and radicals. That imagined convergence of deviant sexuality and politics in the cultural imagination was transformative for homosexually active men and women because it lent them the political power which Communists were believed to posses. This chapter discusses the role played by Communists in local politics, particularly in serving as vocal mouthpieces of economic and political discontent. They forged a political activism that centered on emotional bonds within individual relationships, across activists organizations, and a shared culture. Edendale Communists cultivated a dynamic relationship between individuals and society that transformed and politicized the quest for essence.

Keywords: fairies and degenerates; political culture; deviant sexuality; deviant politics; Communists; political activism; quest for essence

Chapter.  14564 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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