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Homophobic Violence in Armed Conflict and Political Transition

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  • © 2018


  • Examines countries not often connected in the same research: Colombia and South Africa (South-South comparative analyses)
  • Suggests that homophobic violence is an intrinsic component of armed conflict and political transition
  • Provides valuable, systematic analysis for a time in which sexual- and gender-based discrimination against individuals and collectives is being increasingly recognized in the international arena

Part of the book series: Global Queer Politics (GQP)

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This book argues that homophobia plays a fundamental role in disputes for hegemony between antagonists during political transitions. Examining countries not often connected in the same research—Colombia and South Africa—the book asserts that homophobia, as a form of gender and sexual violence, contributes to the transformation of gender and sexual orders required by warfare and deployed by armed groups. Anti-homosexual violence also reinforces the creation of consensus around these projects of change. The book considers the perspective of individuals and their organizations, for whom such hatreds are part of the embodied experience of violence caused by protracted conflicts and social inequalities. Resistance to that violence are reason to mobilize and become political actors. This book contributes to the increasing interest in South-South comparative analyses and the need of theory building based on case-study analyses, offering systematic research useful for grass root organizations,practitioners, and policy makers.  

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Table of contents (7 chapters)

Authors and Affiliations

  • Bogota, Colombia

    José Fernando Serrano-Amaya

About the author

​José Fernando Serrano-Amaya is Postdoctoral Fellow of Education and Social Work at The University of Sydney, AU. He has been a researcher for NGOs, policy maker in public institutions and university lecturer in Colombia.  

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