Sexual citizenship in Belfast, Northern Ireland

Kitchin, Rob and Lysaght, Karen (2004) Sexual citizenship in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Gender, Place and Culture, 11 (1). pp. 83-103. ISSN 0966-369X

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In this article we examine the contours and construction of sexual citizenship in Belfast, Northern Ireland through in-depth interviews with 30 members of the GLBT community and a discursive analysis of discourses of religion and nationalism. In the first half of the article we outline how sexual citizenship was constructed in the Irish context from the mid-nineteenth century onwards, arguing that a moral conservatism developed as a result of religious reform and the interplay between Catholic and Protestant churches, and the redefining of masculinity and femininity with the rise of nationalism. In the second half of the article, we detail how the Peace Process has offered new opportunities to challenge and destabilise hegemonic discourses of sexual citizenship by transforming legislation and policing, and encouraging inward investment and gentrification.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: The definitive version of this article is published in Sexual citizenship in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Rob Kitchin, Karen Lysaght in Gender, Place & Culture Vol. 11, No. 1 [2004] [copyright Taylor & Francis], available online at: DOI: 10.1080/0966369042000188567
Keywords: Sexual citizenship; Belfast; Northern Ireland; GLBT community; religion; nationalism; moral conservatism; legislation; policing;
Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Geography
Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Institutes > National Institute for Regional and Spatial analysis, NIRSA
Item ID: 3876
Depositing User: Prof. Rob Kitchin
Date Deposited: 19 Sep 2012 15:28
Journal or Publication Title: Gender, Place and Culture
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Refereed: Yes

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