Agency and resistance amongst queer people in Kazakhstan

Mariya Levitanus

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    This article focuses on the everyday lives of queer people in Kazakhstan, exploring how they express agentic power and negotiate their queer identity. This research is based on a Foucauldian-informed narrative analysis of in-depth interviews with 11 people who identify as queer and live in Kazakhstan. Findings show that the choice and ability to regulate one’s visibility are crucial expressions of queer agency and resistance. This paper expands on previously published research on gender and sexuality in Central Asia by focusing beyond the issues of violation of human rights and the difficult experiences of queer people, by considering instances of acceptance, support and positive experiences alongside experiences of homophobia, transphobia and discrimination.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number2008874
    Pages (from-to)498-515
    Number of pages18
    Journal Central Asian Survey
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 14 Feb 2022


    • Development
    • Earth-Surface Processes
    • Geography, Planning and Development


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