“Tampering with Society’s DNA” or “Making Society Stronger”: A Comparative Perspective on Family, Religion and Gay Rights in the Construction of the Nation

  • Bronwyn Winter


The family is encoded in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as a fundamental value and basis of social, economic and cultural organization of modern societies. In contemporary debates over same-sex marriage and “rainbow families” within capitalist democracies, LGBTI rights groups, states and religious groups all battle over how “family” should be defined and inscribed within the national value system. Drawing on both feminist critiques of the family and literature on homonormativity, homonationalism and homoprotectionism, this chapter considers the imbrication of debates over homosexuality and gay rights with debates over the meaning of the nation and the still profoundly gendered family as its bedrock. The chapter is comparative, drawing on examples from several countries and regions.


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  • Bronwyn Winter
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  1. 1.School of Languages and Cultures, Faculty of Arts and Social SciencesThe University of SydneySydneyAustralia

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