Re-Reading Homonationalism: An Israeli Spatial Perspective

Gilly Hartal, Orna Sasson-Levy

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In this article we stress the need for specifically located understandings of the concept of homonationalism, by introducing an analysis of spatial and political power relations dissecting disparate constructions of LGBT arenas. The article explores three spaces: Tel-Aviv—an urban space of LGBT belonging; Jerusalem—the Israeli capital where being an LGBT individual is problematic both in public and in private spaces; and Kiryat-Shmona—a conservative and peripheral underprivileged town in the north of Israel. By showing how local understandings of queer space shape power relations and translate into subjective spaces within wide-ranging power dynamics, we claim that homonationalism cannot be seen as one unitary, consolidated category or logic. Instead, we argue, homonationalism should be considered a multidirectional and multiscale political stance, manifesting cultural practices and political relationship with the state and society in distinct settings. By expanding considerations of the nuanced interplay of state power and LGBT spaces we aim to elucidate some paradoxes of homonationalism.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1391-1414
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Homosexuality
Issue number10
StatePublished - 24 Aug 2018

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  • Homonationalism
  • LGBT in Israel
  • LGBT politics
  • queer geographies
  • sexuality and space
  • urban-rural


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