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Constructing EU Identity through LGBT Equality Promotion: Crises and Shifting Othering Processes in the EU Enlargement

Slootmaeckers, K. ORCID: 0000-0002-1189-5095 (2019). Constructing EU Identity through LGBT Equality Promotion: Crises and Shifting Othering Processes in the EU Enlargement. Political Studies Review, doi: 10.1177/1478929919877624

Abstract

The EU sees itself as a beacon of LGBT-friendliness and seeks to promote these norms in its external relations. However, such identity claims and norm promotion are inherently political and should be critically examined as such. Taking a relational approach, this article conceptualises and examines the Othering processes within the EU enlargement to highlight the political nature of what is often described as a technocratic. Through exploring the triangulation of the EU enlargement, Othering processes, and crises, it is argued that 1) the use of LGBT rights as a measure of Europeanness is based on a longer tradition of defining the EU’s symbolic boundaries, but that 2) it is in perceived moments of crisis that the EU redraws and strengthens the boundaries between the Self and the different type of Others through changing combinations of Othering mechanisms. Finally, the article also argues that LGBT rights promotion is not only a tool in constructing the EU’s identity but also a source of an identity crisis, as is shown by the rise of anti-gender politics.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: © the authors, 2019.
Publisher Keywords: EU Identity, homonationalism, Othering, LGBT Politics, Crisis
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Departments: School of Arts & Social Sciences > International Politics
URI: https://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/22709
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