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The European Union's international promotion of LGBTI rights, promises and pitfalls, Markus Thiel - hbk

"This book critically analyses the European Union's promotion of LGBTI rights in the international arena. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Intersex rights are heavily contested across the globe, with over 70 countries criminalizing same-sex relations and at least 10 imposing the death penalty. The book details how the EU, based on different member state positions, attempts to jointly formulate and implement guidelines for the external promotion of LGBTI rights. It also problematizes the various theoretical and policy-based Eurocentric prescriptions to further these rights. Drawing on an international political sociology framework infused with queer theoretical thought, the author investigates the apparent normative clash between Europe's promotion of LGBTI rights as liberal human rights and the ensuing pushback by culturally and politically conservative states. He examines the compatibility of EU and member states' conceptions of LGBTI rights and the more general question of the EU's normative agenda-setting power on the world stage. He then explores the external policy areas in which LGBTI rights promotion is formulated and diffused - namely in development and foreign aid, enlargement and neighbourhood policies, and other international organizations. In conclusion, the author suggests viewing the contention surrounding LGBTI rights within broader governance contexts, and thus reimagining rights promotion in a more holistic manner. This book will be of great interest to students and scholars of LGBTI and Human Rights, European Politics, and International Relations"--, Provided by publisher
Table of contents
Introduction: An Artificial 'Clash of Civilizations'? -- From Norm Diffusion to Norm Contestation : Europe as a Normative Actor -- LGBTI Rights Promotion Within the EU : Crafting Consensual Norms Where Few Exist? -- Homophobia and EUrophobia in Accession and Neighborhood Countries -- Development Policy and Foreign Aid : Conditionality and its Discontents -- Global and Diffuse? : the EU's Multilateral Promotion of LGBTI Rights -- Conclusion: Rethinking and Reimagining International LGBTI Rights Promotion
Literary form
non fiction
Physical description
xiv, 164 p., maps, 25 cm.

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