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Sexualities in World Politics

How LGBTQ claims shape International Relations, 1st Edition

Edited by Manuela Lavinas Picq, Markus Thiel


178 pages

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As LGBTQ claims acquire global relevance, how do sexual politics impact the study of International Relations? This book argues that LGBTQ perspectives are not only an inherent part of world politics but can also influence IR theory-making. LGBTQ politics have simultaneously gained international prominence in the past decade, achieving significant policy change, and provoked cultural resistance and policy pushbacks.

Sexuality politics, more so than gender-based theories, arrived late on the theoretical scene in part because sexuality and gender studies initially highlighted post-structuralist thinking, which was hardly accepted in mainstream political science. This book responds to a call for a more empirically motivated but also critical scholarship on this subject. It offers comparative case-studies from regional, cultural and theoretical peripheries to identify ways of rethinking IR. Further, it aims to add to critical theory, broadening the knowledge about previously unrecognized perspectives in an accessible manner. Being aware of preoccupations with the de-queering, disciplining nature of theory establishment in the social sciences, we critically reconsider IR concepts from a particular LGBTQ vantage point and infuse them with queer thinking. Considering the relative dearth of contemporary mainstream IR-theorizing, authors ask what contribution LGBTQ politics can provide for conceiving the political subject, as well as the international structure in which activism is embedded.

This book will be of interest to students and scholars of gender politics, cultural studies and international relations theory.

Table of Contents

Sexualities in World Politics: how LGBTQ claims shape IR, Manuela Picq and Markus Thiel 1. Human rights, LGBT rights & international theory, Anthony Langlois 2. To love or to loathe: modernity, homophobia and LGBT rights, Mike Bosia 3 LGBT & (Dis)United Nations: sexual minorities, international law, and UN politics, Francine D’Amico 4. Exploring transversal and particularistic politics in the European Union’s anti-discrimination policy: the role of LGBT politics, Markus Thiel 5. Sexual diffusion and conceptual confusions: homosexualities, muslims cultures and modernity, Momin Rahman 6. Amazon prides: LGBT perspectives on international relations, Manuela L. Picq 7. Between the universal and the particular: the politics of the recognition of LGBT rights in Turkey, Mehmet Sinan Birdal 8. Queering Security Studies in Northern Ireland: Problem, Practice and Practitioner, Sandra McEvoy LGBTQ politics/global politics/international relations, Laura Sjoberg  

About the Editors

Markus Thiel is associate professor at Florida International University. His research interests are EU Politics, Nationalism & Identity (Politics), and Political Sociology. He has published several EU-related articles and book chapters at the EU Center, University of Miami, as well as in Transatlantic Monthly, International Studies Compendium and Perspectives on European Politics & Society.

Manuela Picq is Professor of International Relations at Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador, and 2013-2014 Member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. Her research bridges international relations and comparative politics to tackle issues of gender, ethnicity, and stateness in Latin America.

About the Series


The Series provides a forum for innovative and interdisciplinary work that engages with alternative critical, post-structural, feminist, postcolonial, psychoanalytic and cultural approaches to international relations and global politics. In our first 5 years we have published 60 volumes.

We aim to advance understanding of the key areas in which scholars working within broad critical post-structural traditions have chosen to make their interventions, and to present innovative analyses of important topics. Titles in the series engage with critical thinkers in philosophy, sociology, politics and other disciplines and provide situated historical, empirical and textual studies in international politics.


We are very happy to discuss your ideas at any stage of the project: just contact us for advice or proposal guidelines. Proposals should be submitted directly to the Series Editors:

‘As Michel Foucault has famously stated, "knowledge is not made for understanding; it is made for cutting" In this spirit The Edkins - Vaughan-Williams Interventions series solicits cutting edge, critical works that challenge mainstream understandings in international relations. It is the best place to contribute post disciplinary works that think rather than merely recognize and affirm the world recycled in IR's traditional geopolitical imaginary.’

Michael J. Shapiro, University of Hawai'i at Manoa, USA


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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies