'Tory-normativity' and gay rights advocacy in the British Conservative Party since the 1950s

Monahan, M. ORCID: 0000-0001-7096-3919, 2019. 'Tory-normativity' and gay rights advocacy in the British Conservative Party since the 1950s. The British Journal of Politics and International Relations, 21 (1), pp. 132-147. ISSN 1369-1481

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Abstract

Gay rights advocacy in the Conservative party since the 1950s played-down its difference from Conservative beliefs by emphasising pragmatism over emancipation; discretion over celebration; and responsibility over rights. This positioning was allied to a construction of gay men and women in the image of the idealised conservative citizen: law-abiding, entrepreneurial, and ultimately familial—a process I label "Tory-normativity". Tory-normativity introduced gay rights advocacy into the party in an acceptable form, and consequently caused party policy to develop. Ultimately, the construction of Tory-normativity has been used to depoliticise gay identity: initially gay men, and then from the 2000s onwards, gay men and women.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: The British Journal of Politics and International Relations
Creators: Monahan, M.
Publisher: SAGE in association with the Political Studies Association
Date: 1 February 2019
Volume: 21
Number: 1
ISSN: 1369-1481
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1177/1369148118815407DOI
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 25 Oct 2018 15:10
Last Modified: 26 Mar 2019 10:22
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/34745

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