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jan 24

Identity Struggles: LGBT Activism in Morocco

24. januar, kl. 16:15-18:00
Skeiv seminarrekke
Blindern, Sophus Bugges hus: Seminarrom 2​​

Eli Melby vant Våg å vite-prisen for masteroppgaven "Identity Struggles: LHBT Activism in Morocco" i kategorien "sosiologi, samfunnsgeografi, utviklingsstudier, sosialantropologi og OLA" i 2017. Hun kommer til Skeiv seminarrekke for å presentere sine funn. 

Abstracts

This presentation discusses different approaches to identity in lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) movements in Morocco, a country known to be politically repressive in the LGBT context. On the basis of fieldwork conducted with the organization Group in Defense of Minorities (GDM) – one of the few groups in Morocco to fight for LGBT rights -  I analyze three distinct ways of engaging ‘identity’ in contemporary social movements: (1) how does GDM’s collective identity interact with individual members’ activism, (2) how do the members construct mobilization strategies in a repressive political context, and (3) how do GDM members work strategically in relation to activist visibility. Several theoretical approaches from the field of social movement studies inform my analysis: perspectives and concepts from political process theory, new social movements’ theory, and network theory.

My analysis shows that the GDM activists construct a space of solidarity and experience that helps to sustain and reinforce their activism. It also gives insights into the group’s strategies, which are primarily aimed at at the state through its documentation and denunciation of anti-LGBT violence. Finally, the analysis maps out the different dimensions of the organization’s visibility strategies. My findings challenge common assumptions within social movement theory that collective protest is and must be manifested publicly, arguing instead that covert activism is a necessity in a context where basic political rights are criminalized.

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Algerie
Angola
Benin
Botswana
Burkina Faso
Burundi
Den sentralafrikanske republikk
Djibouti
Egypt
Ekvatorial-Guinea
Elfenbenskysten
Eritrea
Etiopia
Gabon
Gambia
Ghana
Guinea
Guinea-Bissau
Kamerun
Kapp Verde
Kenya
Komorene
Kongo-Brazzaville
Kongo-Kinshasa
Lesotho
Liberia
Libya
Madagaskar
Malawi
Mali
Marokko
Mauritania
Mauritius
Mosambik
Namibia
Niger
Nigeria
Rwanda
São Tomé og Príncipe
Senegal
Seychellene
Sierra Leone
Somalia
Sør-Afrika
Sør-Sudan
Sudan
Swaziland
Tanzania
Togo
Tsjad
Tunisia
Uganda
Vest-Sahara
Zambia
Zimbabwe