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Homofobins geopolitik: En studie av rysk mediebevakning av förbudet mot ”homosexuell propaganda”

Edenborg, Emil LU (2014) In Statsvetenskaplig tidskrift 116(2014/3). p.265-292
Abstract
In Russia, as in some other countries around the world, we are currently witnessing a wave of politically sanctioned homophobia, most concretely manifested in the 2013 law against “homosexual propaganda”. By examining Russian mainstream media reporting, this article aims to reconstruct a dominant narrative on homosexuality and LGBT rights. It is found that this narrative revolves around three tropes: 1) that non‐heterosexuals are a threat to the nation, 2) that LGBT rights are about imposing the minority ́s norms onto the majority; and 3) that LGBT rights is bound up with Western modernity, to which Russia offers an alternative. Discussing the findings in light of theories on nationalism, gender and sexuality, I argue that homophobia in... (More)
In Russia, as in some other countries around the world, we are currently witnessing a wave of politically sanctioned homophobia, most concretely manifested in the 2013 law against “homosexual propaganda”. By examining Russian mainstream media reporting, this article aims to reconstruct a dominant narrative on homosexuality and LGBT rights. It is found that this narrative revolves around three tropes: 1) that non‐heterosexuals are a threat to the nation, 2) that LGBT rights are about imposing the minority ́s norms onto the majority; and 3) that LGBT rights is bound up with Western modernity, to which Russia offers an alternative. Discussing the findings in light of theories on nationalism, gender and sexuality, I argue that homophobia in Russia must be understood in a global geopolitical perspective: as an attempt to negotiate a meaningful international role for Russia in a world order where LGBT rights have become a symbolic marker of Western modernity. (Less)
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  author       = {Edenborg, Emil},
  issn         = {0039-0747},
  language     = {swe},
  number       = {2014/3},
  pages        = {265--292},
  publisher    = {Fahlbeckska stiftelsen},
  series       = {Statsvetenskaplig tidskrift},
  title        = {Homofobins geopolitik: En studie av rysk mediebevakning av förbudet mot ”homosexuell propaganda”},
  volume       = {116},
  year         = {2014},
}