Agency and resistance amongst queer people in Kazakhstan

Mariya Levitanus*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract / Description of output

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
Pages (from-to)498-515
Number of pages18
JournalCentral Asian Survey
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 14 Feb 2022

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Central Asia
  • everyday life
  • Kazakhstan
  • LGBT
  • queer
  • visibility


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