Title: To the land of milk and honey: migration to Belgium as a stigma management strategy
Authors: Peumans, Wim # ×
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: Centro Studi Emigrazione
Series Title: Studi Emigrazione issue:187 pages:541-559
Abstract: In this article the author sheds light on a topic often neglected within migration studies, especially in European research, namely sexuality and more specifically, homosexuality. By means of an exploratory ethnographic study of the lives and lived experiences of first-generation immigrants with a non-heterosexual orientation, the author questions the heteronormativity of migration studies. He looks at the stigma management strategies the participants used in their country of origin to discern what factors pushed them towards migration. These stigma management strategies ranged from access to the Internet and the gay scene over the gaydar to certain culturally specific strategies. Also he questions who of the participants used migration as a stigma management strategy, on an internal and/or international level. Lastly he looks at the role of Europe in their gay imaginary, concluding Belgium and more broadly North-West Europe stood for freedom, a place where it is good to live as a gay person.
ISSN: 0039-2936
VABB publication type: VABB-1
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: AT
Appears in Collections:Interculturalism, Migration and Minorities Research Centre
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