Social Movements and Sexual Citizenship in Southern Europe

Social Movements and Sexual Citizenship in Southern Europe

by A. Santos


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Social Movements and Sexual Citizenship in Southern Europe by A. Santos

This book explores the relationship between social movements, sexual citizenship and change in the context of Southern Europe. Providing a comparative analysis about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues in Italy, Spain and Portugal, it discusses how activism can generate political, legal and cultural change in post-dictatorial, Catholic and EU-focused countries.

The significance of Portugal regarding sexual citizenship stems from the impressive pace at which LGBT rights were granted after the emergence of a LGBT movement. In some respects, Portugal led the way for LGBT rights in Europe. Offering comparative and engaging discussions about Spanish and Italian contemporary LGBT politics, this case study provides an opportunity to rethink collective action and sexual citizenship, contributing to timely theoretical and political debates.

Based on extensive fieldwork and original qualitative analysis, the book suggests the notion of "syncretic activism" as a third way of approaching the debate between assimilationism and radicalism. The notion of syncretic activism offers a synthesis of transformative, transgressive and deconstructionist approaches to identity within diversity politics. These findings have direct implications in the understanding and political potential of collective action, highlighting the complex interplay between aims, strategies and outcomes of LGBT activism in Southern Europe.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780230289581
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date: 12/07/2012
Series: Citizenship, Gender and Diversity Series
Edition description: 2013
Pages: 229
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

ANA CRISTINA SANTOS is a Senior Researcher at the Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra, Portugal and Honorary Research Fellow at the Birkbeck Institute for Social Research, University of London, UK

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