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Activist Citizenship and the LGBT Movement in Serbia Belonging, Critical Engagement, and Transformation by Robert Rhodes-Kubiak

Activist Citizenship and the LGBT Movement in Serbia Belonging, Critical Engagement, and Transformation


Activist Citizenship and the LGBT Movement in Serbia Belonging, Critical Engagement, and Transformation by Robert Rhodes-Kubiak

Activist Citizenship and the LGBT Movement in Serbia explores ways of understanding activist movements through an exploration of the theoretical concept of activist citizenship which draws attention to critical engagements with, and reclamations of, citizenship.


Drawing on original research with LGBT people in Serbia, Rhodes-Kubiak develops the notion of 'activist citizenship
to explore the particular history and political demands of a Serbian LGBT movement. Empirically grounded and theoretically rich, the book offers a significant and very timely contribution to sexuality studies and to sociological studies of social movements.

- Sally Hines, Associate Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies and Director of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies, School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Leeds, UK

Rhodes-Kubiak has produced an innovative analysis of LGBT social movement protest and citizenship in Serbia. The world of LGBT politics in the former Yugoslavia is generally overlooked in studies of social movements in the region. Rhodes-Kubiak's work combines new data and insights on the origins, mobilization, and consequences of LGBT activism in repressive and conflict ridden circumstances with significant theoretical developments on the relationship between citizenship and activism. Based on meticulous fieldwork in Serbia the work is a major contribution to social movement studies, LGBT studies and the understanding of politics in the former Yugoslavia. - Paul Bagguley, Reader in Sociology, University of Leeds, UK

Rhodes-Kubiak has given us the first in-depth academic analysis of the LGBT movement in Serbia, extending queer scholarship into one of the most challenging of European territories. This is essential reading for those concerned with LGBT politics in south-east Europe. There is a distinctive and useful focus on how the activism of individuals can commence prior to collective social movements developing, even in a context shaped by authoritarian nationalism. - Matthew Waites, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, University of Glasgow, UK

About the Author

Robert Rhodes-Kubiak completed his PhD in Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Leeds, UK in 2013. Combining research into human rights discourses and activism, particularly in post-conflict environments, with a professional career as an activist and community development specialist throughout the world, his research has increasingly focused on the interfaces between citizenship and social movements, and attempts to build bridges between activism and academia.

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Publication date

2nd September 2015


Robert Rhodes-Kubiak

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Palgrave Macmillan


214 pages


Gay & Lesbian studies
Cultural studies
Gender studies, gender groups
Political activism



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