Decolonizing the boomerang effect in global queer politics: a new critical framework for sociological analysis of human rights contestation

Waites, M. (2019) Decolonizing the boomerang effect in global queer politics: a new critical framework for sociological analysis of human rights contestation. International Sociology, 34(4), pp. 382-401. (doi:10.1177/0268580919851425)

Waites, M. (2019) Decolonizing the boomerang effect in global queer politics: a new critical framework for sociological analysis of human rights contestation. International Sociology, 34(4), pp. 382-401. (doi:10.1177/0268580919851425)

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Abstract

This article proposes a new critical framework for analysing transnational human rights-claiming and contestation: a ‘critical model of the boomerang effect’, that can embody sociological understanding and insights from decolonizing analyses. The article develops a critique of Keck and Sikkink’s well-known model of the ‘boomerang effect’, from politics and international relations. The new critical model is needed to analyse contestations including global queer politics, particularly to examine where and how actors in formerly or currently colonized states from the Global South can draw on the United Nations human rights system. The new model requires analysis of four themes, with a decolonizing enquiry applied to each: (1) articulation of human rights; (2) social structures and resources; (3) socio-cultural contexts; and (4) subjectivation. These themes are examined to illuminate two pivotal cases claiming decriminalization of same-sex sexual acts: Caleb Orozco in Belize, and Jason Jones in relation to Trinidad and Tobago – generating a new research agenda.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Waites, Dr Matthew
Authors: Waites, M.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Sociology Anthropology and Applied Social Sciences
Journal Name:International Sociology
Publisher:SAGE Publications
ISSN:0268-5809
ISSN (Online):1461-7242
Published Online:01 July 2019
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2019 The Authors
First Published:First published in International Sociology 34(4): 382-401
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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