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The Chiaroscuro of Sexual Politics

  • José Fernando Serrano-Amaya
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Abstract

This chapter offers a framework for the analysis of anti-homosexual violence, discussing existing literature and the findings of this research project. It evaluates the potential and limits of “political homophobia” as an analytical concept. The chapter reviews established conceptualisations on homophobia, in order to argue that most of them are insufficient to be applied directly to the understanding of anti-homosexual violence in armed conflicts. One of the reasons for that limitation is the fact that they have been developed in a no-war context, and with a direct relation to identity politics rather than the dynamics of conflicts. Recent theoretical developments using the concept of “political homophobia” have identified it as a key element in political transitions and conflicts. Those conceptualisations need to be discussed because of the assumed purposiveness and strategic use of political homophobia. Political homophobia is also a limited concept in understanding women’s experiences of such violence.

Keywords

Anti-homosexual Violence Political Homophobia Political Transition Travesti Sexual Order 
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