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Putting traditional values into practice: Russia’s anti-gay laws

Wilkinson, Cai 2013, Putting traditional values into practice: Russia’s anti-gay laws, Russian analytical digest, no. 138, pp. 5-7.

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Title Putting traditional values into practice: Russia’s anti-gay laws
Author(s) Wilkinson, Cai
Journal name Russian analytical digest
Issue number 138
Start page 5
End page 7
Total pages 3
Publisher ETH Zurich
Place of publication Zürich, Switzerland
Publication date 2013-11-08
ISSN 1863-0421
Keyword(s) anti-gay laws
human rights norms
Russia
homophobia
Summary This article examines the rise of so-called anti-gay laws in Russia as a response to international Russian-led support for using “traditional values” as the foundation for human rights norms. Viewed in this way, a logic of moral sovereignty emerges that purports to offer a compromise between international human rights obligations and local socio-cultural norms. However, in the case of anti-gay laws, moral panic over LGBTQ people has made homophobia a political proxy for understandings of traditional values, in the process implicitly legitimizing homophobic violence and discrimination, and setting a dangerous precedent for traditional values to be invoked as a justification for violations of human rights norms.
Language eng
Field of Research 160607 International Relations
169999 Studies in Human Society not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 940399 International Relations not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C3 Non-refereed articles in a professional journal
Copyright notice ©2013, ETH Zurich
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30057923

Document type: Journal Article
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