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On the Other Side of an Ethnocratic State? LGBT Activism in Post-Dayton Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • Adelita Selmić
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Part of the Palgrave Studies in European Political Sociology book series (PSEPS)

Abstract

Operating inside the complex state apparatus that has been constructed in a way which perpetuates ethnic divisions, LGBT activism in BiH has to face the relatively uninformed and homophobic public, on the one hand, and the poorly coordinated state institutions that are often not accountable to the citizens whom they are supposed to represent and protect, on the other. Sexual matters in the still highly patriarchal BiH socio-political context struggle to find a way out of religious doctrines and nationalist agendas. As the country’s political deadlock regarding its integration into the EU provides little hope for a meaningful improvement of the current state of political and economic affairs, LGBT advocacy could hold a certain creative potential to, in cooperation with other progressive forces, imagine a different—non-ethnocratic—kind of BiH polity.

Keywords

Sexual Minority Hate Crime Hate Speech Ethnic Division LGBT Community 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Adelita Selmić
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  1. 1.University of Sarajevo/University of BolognaSarajevoBosnia and HerzegovinaItaly

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