Redefining the Boundaries of the Nation : Homophobia and LGBT Lives in Kyrgyzstan

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dc.contributor Helsingin yliopisto, Valtiotieteellinen tiedekunta fi
dc.contributor University of Helsinki, Faculty of Social Sciences en
dc.contributor Helsingfors universitet, Statsvetenskapliga fakulteten sv
dc.contributor.author Geyer, Lukas
dc.date.issued 2020
dc.identifier.uri URN:NBN:fi:hulib-202009024015
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10138/321696
dc.description.abstract Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, Kyrgyz society got entangled in discussions about what it means to be Kyrgyz. Even though Kyrgyzstan has experienced a surge in nationalism over the last decades, it is only since recently that non-heteronormative sexualities are increasingly constructed as a threat to the continued existence of the Kyrgyz nation. Based on five in-depth interviews with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) individuals, I explore how they rationalise the increasing homophobia in Kyrgyz society and what kind of behavioural strategies they adopt to cope with the hostile environment. In particular, I assess whether the discursive exclusion of LGBT individuals from the Kyrgyz nation alters their relationship with the nation and the state. The research participants demonstrate an awareness for the connection between increasing nationalism and worsening attitudes against LGBT people and report corresponding adjustments in their behaviour, ranging from adaptation and hiding strategies to activism and emigration. While all respondents have a negative relationship with the Kyrgyz state, most report a decreasing sense of belonging to the Kyrgyz nation amid growing homophobia as well. These results suggest that the increased emphasis on the purportedly heteronormative nature of the Kyrgyz nation succeeds in redefining individual belonging to the nation and shifting the imagined boundaries of the nation. en
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Helsingin yliopisto fi
dc.publisher University of Helsinki en
dc.publisher Helsingfors universitet sv
dc.subject LGBT
dc.subject Kyrgyzstan
dc.subject belonging
dc.subject nation
dc.subject nationalism
dc.subject sexuality
dc.subject homophobia
dc.subject narrative
dc.title Redefining the Boundaries of the Nation : Homophobia and LGBT Lives in Kyrgyzstan en
dc.type.ontasot pro gradu -tutkielmat fi
dc.type.ontasot master's thesis en
dc.type.ontasot pro gradu-avhandlingar sv
dct.identifier.urn URN:NBN:fi:hulib-202009024015
dc.subject.specialization Politics and the International Economy fi
dc.subject.specialization Politics and the International Economy en
dc.subject.specialization Politics and the International Economy sv
dc.subject.degreeprogram International Masters in Economy, State & Society fi
dc.subject.degreeprogram International Masters in Economy, State & Society en
dc.subject.degreeprogram International Masters in Economy, State & Society sv

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