Mole, RCM; (2011) Nationality and sexuality: homophobic discourse and the ‘national threat’ in contemporary Latvia. Nations and Nationalism , 17 (3) 540 - 560. 10.1111/j.1469-8129.2010.00476.x.
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This article seeks to understand why attitudes towards homosexuality in Latvia appear to be more intolerant than in all other EU member states. It argues that, while the impact of religion, the legacy of communism and post-communist transition have all played a role in shaping attitudes towards homosexuality in Central and Eastern Europe, these factors do not explain sufficiently the divergence among post-communist states and, in particular, do not account for Latvia’s extreme position. While acknowledging that intolerance towards non-heteronormative sexuality cannot be explained by a single factor but is the cumulative effect of a range of social influences, this study argues that homosexuality is particularly reviled in Latvia because it has been constructed discursively as a threat to the continued existence of the nation in its desired ethnic form and to the core values defining Latvian national identity.
|Title:||Nationality and sexuality: homophobic discourse and the ‘national threat’ in contemporary Latvia|
|Keywords:||discourse, homophobia, Latvia, nationality, sexuality, othering, LGBT|
|UCL classification:||UCL > School of Arts and Social Sciences > SSEES (School of Slavonic and East European Studies)|
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