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OLIVEIRA, João Manuel de. Sexual citizenship under suspicion: a meditation on the homonormative and neoliberal foundations of a "consolation" citizenship. Psicol. Soc. [online]. 2013, vol.25, n.1, pp.68-78. ISSN 1807-0310.

This article critically revisits the notions of sexual citizenship, while analysing its homonormative and neoliberal foundations - effect of heteronormativity and of capitalist social formation. Using an analysis of the statistics of same sex marriage in Portugal and a discourse analysis to one interview, used as a case study, evidence is provided to illustrate how a heterosexual political economy using homonormativity emerges to structure sexual citizenship. Also sexual citizenship transformed in a mode of consumption turns out to be a consolation citizenship that generates hierarchies within the LGBTIQ population between the ones that can afford that access to commodities and the ones that are not able to do so. In the conclusion, we show that sexual citizenship is an ambivalent concept, discussing it as a pharmakon.

Keywords : homonormativity; heteronormativity; sexual citizenship; neoliberalism; queer.

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