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Bohemian Los Angelesand the Making of Modern Politics$
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Daniel Hurewitz

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780520249257

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520249257.001.0001

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Left of Edendale: The Deep Politics of Communist Community

Left of Edendale: The Deep Politics of Communist Community

(p.150) Four Left of Edendale: The Deep Politics of Communist Community
Bohemian Los Angeles

Daniel Hurewitz

University of California Press

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

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