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LGBT+ Scene of St. Petersburg: Resistance Practices and Group Identities

Student: Elena Onegina

Supervisor: Elena L. Omelchenko

Faculty: Saint-Petersburg School of Social Sciences and Area Studies

Educational Programme: Modern Social Analysis (Master)

Year of Graduation: 2017

This work is devoted to LGBT people in St. Petersburg. The key concert in the work is the concept of the scene. The work is written in qualitative methodology. Methods of research are interviews and included surveillance. The study was conducted during six months in St. Petersburg. The research question of this dissertation research: which group identities are represented within the LGBT scene, and what practices of resistance are typical for them? The object of the study is the participants of the LGBT scene in St. Petersburg. The subject is resistance practices and group identities of the participants in the LGBT scene in St. Petersburg. Key agents in the LGBT scene in St. Petersburg are independent, creative activists, employees of organizations and people helping organizations, as well as sympathizers and those LGBT people who are in the shadows. The LGBT scene is a fluid community that consists of subgroups. The boundaries between groups are different values, norms and identities.

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