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Lost in Transition? Sexuality and Justice in Post-Conflict Northern Ireland

Duggan, Marian (2017) Lost in Transition? Sexuality and Justice in Post-Conflict Northern Ireland. Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly, 68 (2). pp. 159-180. ISSN 0029-3105. (KAR id:62383)


Northern Ireland has pioneered the delivery of transitional justice, largely as a result of its troubled past. Efforts to guide this long-divided society towards greater inclusion have been facilitated by a range of processes (judicial and otherwise) designed to deliver truth, justice and accountability. Legal requirements to consider a broader demographical representation in consultations means that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender voices are increasingly evident in this transition. Yet continued political resistance to sexual minority equality, set against a backdrop of wider social integration, indicates the piecemeal approach to progress which is being adopted. This article critically analyses the socio-legal positioning of sexual minorities in Northern Ireland’s ongoing processes of transitional justice. In addressing how sexual orientation fits with the driving factors underpinning a move towards a ‘post-conflict’ society, the analysis queries the heteronormative cultural dynamics informing this utopian future and the impact this may have on exacerbating rather than eradicating homophobic victimisation.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Northern Ireland, sexual minorities, transitional justice, marginalisation, homophobia
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Women > HQ1236 Women and the state. Women's rights. Women's political activity
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Women > HQ21 Sexual behavior and attitudes
K Law > K Law (General)
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Marian Duggan
Date Deposited: 24 Jul 2017 15:33 UTC
Last Modified: 10 Dec 2022 02:42 UTC
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