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Confronting Homophobia in Europe

Social and Legal Perspectives

Editor(s): Luca Trappolin, Alessandro Gasparini, Robert Wintemute
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Published: 22-12-2011
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Edition: 1st
Extent: 340
ISBN: 9781847318282
Imprint: Hart Publishing
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About Confronting Homophobia in Europe

Homophobia exists in many different forms across Europe. Member States offer uneven levels of legal protection for lesbian and gay rights; at the same time the social meanings and practices relating to homosexuality are culturally distinct and intersect in complex ways with gender, class and ethnicity in different national contexts.

The essays in this volume illustrate the findings of a European project on homophobia and fundamental rights in which sociologists and legal experts have analysed the position in four Member States: Italy, Slovenia, Hungary and the UK.

The first part of the book investigates the sociological dimensions of homophobia through qualitative methods involving both heterosexual and self-defined lesbian and gay respondents, including those in ethnic communities. The aim is to understand how homophobia and homosexuality are defined and experienced in the everyday life of participants.

The second part is devoted to a legal analysis of how homophobia is reproduced 'in law' and how it is confronted 'with law'. The analysis examines statute and case law; 'soft law'; administrative practices; the discussion of bills within parliamentary committees; and decisions of public authorities. Among the areas discussed are 'hate crimes' and 'hate speech'; education at all levels; free movement, immigration and asylum; and cross-border reproductive services.


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Table Of Contents

1 Introduction
Luca Trappolin and Alessandro Gasparini
PART I Exposing and Opposing Homophobia in Society
2 Introduction to the Sociological Case Studies
Roman Kuhar, Judit Takács and Andrew Kam-Tuck Yip
3 One Step Beyond: Researching Homophobia in Italian Society
Luca Trappolin and Tatiana Motterle
4 Integrated, but Not Too Much: Homophobia and Homosexuality in Slovenia
Roman Kuhar, Živa Humer and Simon Maljevac
5 Don't Ask, Don't Tell, Don't Bother: Homophobia and the Heteronorm in Hungary
Judit Takács, Tamás Dombos, György Mészáros and Tamás P Tóth
6 Homophobia and Ethnic Minority Communities in the United Kingdom
Andrew Kam-Tuck Yip
PART II Recognising and Combating Homophobia in and with the Law
7 Introduction to the Legal Case Studies
Alessandro Gasparini and Robert Wintemute
8 Homophobia in the Italian Legal System: File not Found
Alessandro Gasparini, Cathy La Torre, Silvia Gorini and Monica Russo
9 Traits of Homophobia in Slovenian Law: From Ignorance towards Recognition?
Neža Kogovšek Šalamon
10 Fighting Homophobia in Hungarian Law: Slowly Evolving Standards
Eszter Polgári
11 Homophobia and United Kingdom Law: Only a Few Gaps Left to Close?
Robert Wintemute
12 Legal Comparison, Conclusions and Recommendations
Robert Wintemute

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