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Global Homophobia

States, Movements, and the Politics of Oppression

Causes and implications of the transnational diffusion of homophobia

While homophobia is commonly characterized as individual and personal prejudice, this collection of essays instead explores homophobia as a transnational political phenomenon. Editors Meredith L. Weiss and Michael J. Bosia theorize homophobia as a distinct configuration of repressive state-sponsored policies and practices with their own causes, explanations, and effects on how sexualities are understood and experienced in a variety of national contexts. The essays cover a broad range of geographic cases, including France, Ecuador, Iran, Lebanon, Poland, Singapore, and the United States.

Combining rich empirical analysis with theoretical synthesis, these studies examine how homophobia travels across complex and ambiguous transnational networks, how it achieves and exerts decisive power, and how it shapes the collective identities and strategies of those groups it targets. The first comparative volume to focus specifically on the global diffusion of homophobia and its implications for an emerging worldwide LGBT movement, Global Homophobia opens new avenues of debate and dialogue for scholars, students, and activists.

Contributors are Mark Blasius, Michael J. Bosia, David K. Johnson, Kapya J. Kaoma, Christine (Cricket) Keating, Katarzyna Korycki, Amy Lind, Abouzar Nasirzadeh, Conor O'Dwyer, Meredith L. Weiss, and Sami Zeidan.

"A cohesive yet complex account of the phenomenon of global homophobia. This impressive scholarship will be useful for scholars and students in LGBT studies, women's and gender studies, comparative political science, and political history."--Susan Burgess, author of The New York Times on Gay and Lesbian Issues

"This is a timely and significant collection that will further our understanding of both the national political reasons for homophobia and how these relate to an emerging transnational homophobic movement. The conceptualization of political homophobia as a state and global strategy represents a real advance in contemporary debates about the globalization of LGBT politics."--Momin Rahman, coauthor of Gender and Sexuality: Sociological Approaches

Meredith L. Weiss is an associate professor of political science at the University at Albany, State University of New York and the author of Student Activism in Malaysia: Crucible, Mirror, Sideshow. Michael J. Bosia is an associate professor of political science at St. Michael's College in Vermont.

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