Putting “traditional values” into practice : the rise and contestation of anti-homopropaganda laws in Russia

Wilkinson, Cai 2014, Putting “traditional values” into practice : the rise and contestation of anti-homopropaganda laws in Russia, Journal of human rights, vol. 13, no. 3, pp. 363-379, doi: 10.1080/14754835.2014.919218.

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Title Putting “traditional values” into practice : the rise and contestation of anti-homopropaganda laws in Russia
Author(s) Wilkinson, CaiORCID iD for Wilkinson, Cai orcid.org/0000-0002-8702-750X
Journal name Journal of human rights
Volume number 13
Issue number 3
Start page 363
End page 379
Total pages 18
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication Abingdon, Eng.
Publication date 2014-09-03
ISSN 1475-4835
Keyword(s) human rights
LGBT rights
traditional values
international human rights
Summary This article explores how “traditional values” are being used by the Russian government to refute the claim that “LGBT rights are human rights” and justify the introduction of anti-homopropaganda laws, and how members of the Russian LGBT community have sought to contest it. Centrally, it traces the development of a discourse that refutes the essentialization of sexual identity and, in doing so, seeks to challenge the focus on individual identity-based rights of contemporary human rights norms. This discursive shift has meant that opponents of the legislation have had to develop contestation strategies that collectively seek to present an alternative interpretation of “traditional values.” The article concludes by considering the implications of the Russian case for human rights norms and for the notion of universal human rights more widely, arguing that it represents a serious challenge to the viability of identity-based LGBT rights claims as a basis on which to advance observance of fundamental human rights due to their homonormativity.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/14754835.2014.919218
Field of Research 160607 International Relations
Socio Economic Objective 940113 Gender and Sexualities
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2014, Taylor & Francis
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30065613

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