Queer space, Pride and shame in Moscow

Stella, F. (2013) Queer space, Pride and shame in Moscow. Slavic Review, 72(2), pp. 458-480. (doi: 10.5612/slavicreview.72.3.0458)

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This article examines the notion of Moscow as a global city through the prism of cultural diversity and cosmopolitanism, by exploring articulations of queer space in the Russian capital. Two types of queer space are explored: the ‘scene’, understood as a loose cluster of commercial venues and community organisations catering for an LGBT clientele, and Moscow Pride, a temporary but also highly visible and politicised appropriation of urban space by the LGBT community. The analysis of Moscow Pride as a putative cosmopolitan object is framed within a broader socio-political context characterised by the rise of authoritarian, sexually conservative and anti-western nationalist discourses. The article provides insights on the contextual ability of political strategies based on visibility, recognition and the support of transnational solidarity networks to pursue cosmopolitan values of openness and respect towards sexual diversity, highlighting a crucial tension between global/local and universal/particular in current debates on cosmopolitanism.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Stella, Dr Francesca
Authors: Stella, F.
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences
Journal Name:Slavic Review
Publisher:The American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies

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