The Peripheries of Gender and Sexuality in the ‘Arab Spring’

Maryam Khalid*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

In much of the world, those who do not perform ‘mainstream’ understandings of gender and sexuality find themselves on the ‘peripheries’: these individuals and groups are often located outside of institutionalized power, beyond state power structures and often lack the power of representation vis-à-vis those who wield discursive authority (actors such as the state and mainstream media). The power relations that underscore the production of knowledge and identities in this way are discursive, functioning to normalize and naturalize them. This article examines how some representations of gender and sexuality are privileged over others in both western and MENA mainstream discourses relating to the ‘Arab Spring’; how those whose voices have been underrepresented in the mainstream attempt to represent themselves; and how this impacts on the political activities of women and LGBT groups in the MENA.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)161-177
Number of pages17
JournalMediterranean Politics
Volume20
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 4 May 2015

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