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Antisemitism and Homophobia in Polish Liberal Discourses: The Cultural Logic of Comparison and a Proposal for Intersectionality

Kulpa, Roberto



Marco Derks

Mariecke van den Berg


This chapter examines the discursive mechanism of drawing comparisons between antisemitism and homophobia in Polish (Catholic) culture that were popular among the left and liberal opinion makers in the mid/late 2000s. It questions the problematic nature of the analogies made between homophobia and antisemitism as corollaries of national identity. The intention is not to present homophobia in Poland as a form of revitalized, modern-day antisemitism, nor to deny possibilities of thinking about the two in relation to each other; instead, the chapter ponders the implications to be accounted for when using analogies and comparisons. As an alternative, an intersectional approach is suggested as perhaps better-tailored an approach in making sense of the complex entanglements and ever-changing social processes of national (dis)identifications.

Online Publication Date Oct 1, 2020
Publication Date 2020
Deposit Date Jan 7, 2021
Publicly Available Date Oct 2, 2022
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Pages 147-169
Book Title Public Discourses About Homosexuality and Religion in Europe and Beyond
ISBN 9783030563257
Keywords Antisemitism, Comparison, Analogy, Homophobia, Intersectionality, Liberalism, Poland
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