Coming in

Sexual politics and EU accession in Serbia

By Dr Koen Slootmaeckers

Coming in


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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-5934-2
  • Pages: 248
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £85.00
  • Published Date: February 2023
  • BIC Category: Serbia, European Politics, Civics & citizenship, Society & social sciences / EU & European institutions, Society & social sciences / Civil rights & citizenship, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / Middle Eastern Studies, POLITICAL SCIENCE / World / Middle Eastern, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / European Studies, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gay Studies, Society & social sciences / Human rights
  • Series: European Politics


LGBT rights have become increasingly salient within the EU enlargement process as a litmus test for Europeanness. Yet, the promotion of these norms has provided a fulcrum for political contestation. Based on this observation, this book interrogates the normative dimensions of the EU enlargement process, with special reference to LGBT politics. Reconceptualising Europeanisation, Coming in argues that the EU enlargement is a process of negotiated transformation in which EU policies and norms are (re)defined, translated, and transformed. Empirically, it analyses the promotion of and resistance to LGBT equality norms in Serbia's EU integration process, but moves beyond policies to also inquire the impact of the negotiated transitions on lived experiences. Overall, the book raises important questions about the politics of Europeanisation, its political and social consequences, as well as to what we consider as progress.



Part I: rethinking Europeanisation and EU-Serbia relations
1 Europeanisation as negotiated transitions: Towards a relational and transnational approach to EU enlargement
2 Mapping the multi-layered normative structure of Serbia-EU relations

Part II: Adopting, resisting, and transforming law and practices
3 Anti-discrimination policies: From the margins to differentiated politicisations
4 Taking it to the streets: Belgrade Pride as a litmus test for Serbia's Europeanisation

Part III: Looking beyond policy towards lived experiences
5 The attitudinal panopticon and the limited implementation of the anti-discrimination framework
6 The emergence of the Ghost Pride and the transnational dislocation of LGBT politics




Koen Slootmaeckers is Senior Lecturer in International Politics at City, University of London

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