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LGBTQ+ Intimacies in Southern Europe

Citizenship, Care and Choice

Palgrave Macmillan
  • This book is open access, which means that you have free and unlimited access

  • Provides innovative contributions to research on family and citizenship

  • Comparatively addresses LGBTQ+ intimacies in Spain, Italy and Portugal

  • Explores how LGBTQ+ people organize and give meaning to their intimate lives

Part of the book series: Citizenship, Gender and Diversity (FEMCIT)

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Table of contents (12 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xvi
  2. Citizenship Matters

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 13-13
    2. Uprisings: A Meditation on Feminist Strategies for Enacting the Common

      • João Manuel de Oliveira
      Pages 15-34Open Access
    3. Bisexual Citizenship in Portugal

      • Mafalda Esteves
      Pages 35-56Open Access
    4. Biocriminals, Racism, and the Law: Friendship as Public Disorder

      • Pablo Pérez Navarro
      Pages 57-75Open Access
  3. Choice Matters

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 189-189
    2. Sharing Is Caring: Living with Friends and Heterotopic Citizenship

      • Ana Lúcia Santos
      Pages 191-211Open Access
    3. Italian Queer Transfeminism Towards a Gender Strike

      • Elia A. G. Arfini
      Pages 233-251Open Access

About this book

This Open Access book argues that Southern European countries offer valuable, though historically overlooked, knowledge regarding intimate citizenship. Guided by the fundamental sociological question of how change takes place and, concomitantly, how law and social policy adjust to and/or shape the practices and expectations of individuals in the sphere of intimacy, this edited volume explores partnering, parenting and friendship issues from the perspective of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer people in Italy, Portugal and Spain. Chapters offer a cross-national understanding of the relationship between everyday practices of intimacy amongst LGBTQ people and national legal, political and policy contexts in terms of the recognition of otherwise ‘intimate strangers’. The book contributes to further theoretical and policy debates about citizenship, care and choice, as well as, more broadly, sexuality, welfare, health and justice.

This book will be of interest to scholars across Gender and Feminist Studies as well as Citizenship Studies, Law, Policy, and Politics.



  • Sexuality
  • reproduction
  • gender studies
  • Portugal
  • Spain
  • Italy
  • Intimate citizenship
  • open access


“This is a truly outstanding collection of innovative and critical essays that explore pressing issues in contemporary intimacies in Southern Europe. The volume attests to the creativity and courage of queer and trans* lives in the region, foregrounding the significance of intimacy, friendship, and care networks beyond legally recognised or biologically defined structures of kinship.” (Christian Klesse, author of The Spectre of Promiscuity) 

“A fascinating edited collection that adds much needed empirical, conceptual and theoretical work on the relationships between care, intimacy, choice and LGBTQ+ people. The collection highlights how LGBTQ+ people’s experiences can provide insights into the ways national gender and sexual regimes are negotiated, reproduced and contested in everyday life. This is a great addition for academics and students that explore issues of gender, sexuality, citizenship and intimacy.” (Carl Bonner-Thompson, Senior Lecturer in Human Geography, University of Brighton, UK)

“This is a timely and cutting-edge contribution to a distinct European tradition of queer studies and a critical intersectional interrogation of queer livability and resistance under neoliberal austerity in Southern Europe. Grounded in qualitative research, this must-read collection advances social theory, offering fresh perspectives on citizenship, choice and care as crucial dimensions of intimacy. Highlighting the challenges and promises of complex entanglement of power and affect, it also boldly dares to imagine queer intimate futurities otherwise.” (Ulrika Dahl, Professor in Gender Studies, Uppsala University, Sweden)

“Ana Cristina Santos has edited a splendid volume assembling chapters based on the work of the INTIMATE project. The result is a superb and comprehensive resource on citizenship, care and choice, providing insights into topics ranging from the recognition of bisexual citizenship to the maturing of monstrous citizenship, and from insurgent parenting practices to queer transfeminist materialism, which I wholeheartedly recommend to scholars and others interested in LGBTQ+ intimacies in Southern Europe and elsewhere.” (Judit Takács, Research Professor, Hungarian Academy of Sciences Centre of Excellence, Budapest, Hungary)

Editors and Affiliations

  • Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra (CES-UC), Coimbra, Portugal

    Ana Cristina Santos

About the editor

Ana Cristina Santos is a Sociologist and Senior Researcher at the Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra, working on LGBTQI+ issues, gender, citizenship and the body. Since 2014, she has received two European Research Council Grant Awards, the first of which to lead the cross-national study INTIMATE - Citizenship, Care and Choice: The micropolitics of intimacy in Southern Europe (2014-2019).

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: LGBTQ+ Intimacies in Southern Europe

  • Book Subtitle: Citizenship, Care and Choice

  • Editors: Ana Cristina Santos

  • Series Title: Citizenship, Gender and Diversity

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: Literature, Cultural and Media Studies, Literature, Cultural and Media Studies (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2023

  • License: CC BY

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-031-13507-1Published: 19 November 2022

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-031-13510-1Published: 19 November 2022

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-031-13508-8Published: 18 November 2022

  • Series ISSN: 2947-8081

  • Series E-ISSN: 2947-809X

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XVI, 251

  • Number of Illustrations: 1 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Gender Studies, Family Law, Biotechnology

Buying options

Softcover Book USD 49.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)