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Confronting Homophobia in Europe: Social and Legal Perspectives

Edited by: Luca Trappolin, Alessandro Gasparini, Robert Wintemute

ISBN13: 9781849462754
Published: December 2011
Publisher: Hart Publishing
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
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Homophobia has different qualitative and quantitative features in different European countries and within member States. On one hand, countries give uneven levels of legal protection to the rights of lesbian and gay people; on the other hand, the social meanings and practices related to homosexuality depend on the distinctive intersection of cultural systems such as gender, class and ethnicity within national contexts and communities.

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 such elements in four member States: Italy, Slovenia, Hungary and UK.

The first part of the book is dedicated to the sociological investigation of the everyday life dimension of homophobia through qualitative methods which involved both heterosexual and self-defined lesbian and gay respondents, including those in ethnic and religious communities.

The second part is devoted to a juridical analysis of how homophobia is reproduced 'in law' and how it is contrasted 'with law'. The analysis follows a 'legal process' approach which examines statutory law and case law, so-called 'soft law', administrative practices, the discussion of bills within parliamentary committees, and decisions of public authorities.

Human Rights and Civil Liberties, Criminal Law
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