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Coming Out of CommunismThe Emergence of LGBT Activism in Eastern Europe$
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Conor O'Dwyer

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781479876631

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479876631.001.0001

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How the Hard Right “Europeanized” Homosexuality

How the Hard Right “Europeanized” Homosexuality

An Analysis of Party Rhetoric and Media Discourse

(p.57) 3 How the Hard Right “Europeanized” Homosexuality
Coming Out of Communism

Conor O'Dwyer

NYU Press

This chapter presents a framework for understanding the consequences of hard-right electoral breakthrough for the framing of homosexuality and LGBT rights. It begins by describing the extant framings of homosexuality under late communism in Poland and the Czech Republic. It then compares how the differing electoral success of hard-right political parties over the course of the EU accession process led to differing degrees of reframing homosexuality in both countries. In Poland, hard-right mobilization transformed the framing of LGBT rights by linking them with EU accession, which it portrayed as a threat to national identity. Because the Czech Republic did not experience hard-right backlash, the predominant framing of LGBT rights did not become as closely identified with the EU. The final part of the chapter moves from framing contests to frame resonance by presenting a quantitative content analysis of LGBT issues in both countries’ press from 1990 through 2012.

Keywords:   framing, framing contest, frame resonance, political parties, hard right, backlash, Czech Republic, Poland, content analysis

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