The EU Enlargement and Gay Politics: The Impact of Eastern Enlargement on Rights, Activism and Prejudice
This book offers a well-investigated and accessible picture of the current situation around the politics of LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) rights and activism in Central Europe and the Western Balkans in the context of the enlargement of the European Union (EU). It provides not only thoughtful reflections on the topic but also a wealth of new empirical findings — arising from legal and policy analysis, large-scale sociological investigations and country case studies. Theoretical concepts come from institutional analysis, the study of social movements, law, and Europeanization literature. The authors discuss emerging Europe-wide activism for LGBT rights and analyze issues such as the tendency of nationalist movements to turn ‘sexual others’ into ‘national others,’ the actions and rhetoric of church actors as powerful counter-mobilizers against LGBT rights, and the role of the domestic state on the receiving end of EU pressure in the field of fundamental rights.
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policies in two Central European countries, see the chapter by Kuhar and Mencin
Čeplak 2016; or that by O'Dwyer and Vermeersch 2016). The book also
contributes to the emerging research agenda on LGBT rights in the enlargement
In the first, introductory chapter, Koen Slootmaeckers and Heleen Touquet trace
the evolution of LGBT rights within the context of the enlargement process from
the 1990s onwards, and take stock of the changes in procedures over time.
In his chapter (Chap. 9), Bojan Bilić examines the symbolic politics of the
Belgrade Pride parade, and asks whether it actually serves to advance the LGBT
cause in Serbia. He discusses disparities in wealth, education, and professional
Whilst there is an expanding body of literature regarding the impact of EU
accession on LGBT rights in new member states, little has been done to map the
evolution of these rights within the context of enlargement policy. In this chapter, ...
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Zooming in Central and Eastern Europe
Closeups of the Western Balkans