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Changing landscapes of heteronormativity: The regulation and normalization of same-sex sexualities in europe

Roseneil, S and Crowhurst, I and Hellesund, T and Santos, AC and Stoilova, M (2013) 'Changing landscapes of heteronormativity: The regulation and normalization of same-sex sexualities in europe.' Social Politics, 20 (2). 165 - 199. ISSN 1072-4745

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Abstract

This paper explores transformations in institutional norms about same-sex sexualities across four European countries: Bulgaria, Norway, Portugal and the UK. Focusing on the period from the late 1960s to the present day, it examines both endogenous, path-dependent nationally specific factors at work in the changing regulation of same-sex sexualities, particularly the campaigns of lesbian and gay movements, and exogenous influences exerted by processes of Europeanization and transnationalization. Three processes of normative change are discussed: the legitimation of same-sex sexual practice; the protection of lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) people; and the recognition of intimate relationships. We argue that there has been a radical shift in the landscape of heteronormativity in Europe, with the emergence of a new European norm of "homotolerance" and the progressive normalization of same-sex sexualities: a process of "homonormalization". © 2013 © The Author 2013. Published by Oxford University Press. All rights reserved. For permissions, please e-mail: journals.permissions@oup.com.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 21 Apr 2017 10:56
Last Modified: 04 Dec 2017 22:35
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/19506

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