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The Post-Communist Identity Crisis and Queer Migration from Poland

Mole, RCM; (2018) The Post-Communist Identity Crisis and Queer Migration from Poland. In: Menjivar, C and Ruiz, M and Ness, I, (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Migration Crises. Oxford University Press: Oxford, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

An examination of the lived experiences of Polish queer migrants in London shows how a crisis in Polish national identity following the collapse of communism in 1989 constructed nonheterosexuals as a threat to Polish norms and values, thus fueling homophobic rhetoric, violence, and discrimination and prompting queer Poles to view migration as a potential means of escape and self-realization. An analysis of the narratives of twenty-five Polish LGBQ migrants living in London revealed different modes of domestic and crossborder queer migration as well as a range of ways in which sexuality directly and indirectly influenced their decision to move abroad.

Type: Book chapter
Title: The Post-Communist Identity Crisis and Queer Migration from Poland
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190856908.013.21
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190856908.0...
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the version of record. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: migration, identity, sexuality, queer, Poland, London, homophobia, nationalism
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > SSEES
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10040761
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