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LGBT Politics and Resistance in Global Comparison

Project: 1
Name: Phillip Ayoub, PhD (pma43@drexel.edu; 360.846.3993)
Department: Politics

Description

From Vladimir Putin's commitment to defend states from a "Gay-European" threat to the campaign opposing the Colombian-FARC peace accord based on its "gender ideology," LGBT advocates operate in an increasingly polarized world. This research project explores the various ways that LGBT rights activists (and their claims for rights) to respond to an emerging conservative opposition. My work traces how LGBT campaigns have shifted toward instrumental framing and claims-making during periods of heightened global norm contestation. For example, the Irish "Yes Campaign" branded itself as the "children's rights" campaign, while the Polish Campaign Against Homophobia now embraces Catholicism. Comparing across time and place, I theorize a movement shift to what I call a seductive strategy, which ties logics of appropriateness to logics of consequences in a quest for movement and norm survival.

Associated Independent Study

The various strands of this research project allow a student to explore data I have collected through various tracks of my ongoing work on how LGBT activists have begun to alter the content of the human rights norm as it applies to LGBT people, charting novel conceptions of those rights by blending them with rhetoric used by champions of "religious liberty," "family values," and the "rights of the child." The independent study would involve organizing the dataset and adding to it.

Gained Experience

Proficiency in a particular area of research, with an introduction to the subject matter of LGBT rights, as well as research methods skills.

Outcome

Cleaned dataset and grant proposal for my new book project.

Tasks

The methodology will include a variety of the following:

  • Process tracing by reading and summarizing reports, documents produced by the LGBT movement and its opposition.
  • Summarizing academic literature on the LGBT movement and its opposition.
  • Content analysis of documents, counting the use of terms connected to "traditional values".
  • Creating charts and figures based on data collection.
  • Editing ongoing drafts of Professor Ayoub's output related to these projects.

Location

The project can be mobile. I plan to conduct meetings with the student via Skype if and when necessary.

Meetings

Weekly meetings according to the student's schedule (possibly late mornings on Wednesdays).

Interview Availability

April 10, April 11, April 12