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It's the End of the World as we Know it: Populist Strategies of the Family Code Opponents

The starting hypothesis is connected to the new role of the Roman Catholic Church (RCC) in policy discussions on issues related to sexual citizenship: RCC is secularizing its image and discourse by establishing satellite organizations working on its behalf, in order to clericalize society. One of such satellite organizations is the Civil Initiative for the Family and Rights of Children (CIFRC), which was the main opponent of the new Family Code. In this paper we use critical frame analysis in order to analyze CIFRC’s discourse, placing it in the context of political homophobia and populist action. The central framework of CIFRC’s discourse was a creation of homosexuality as a threat — first in relation to the “innocent” children, but also in relation to the “real” family. Their discourse contains simple problem-solution binaries, in which the problem can be solved by (legal, symbolic, physical) removal of those who are constituted as a problem in the first place (homosexuals). In the concluding part of the article, we contextualize the results of the study by introducing a broader European dimension of conservative mass movements against so-called theory or ideology of gender. This is a new chapter in the battle against human rights of LGBT-persons, in which language and concepts, which were until recently used by the proponents of gender equality and human rights of LGBT-persons, are now (ab)used by conservative forces.


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Issue No. 260 - Racism: Cut up World
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2015 , volume volume 43 , issue issue 260
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