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The Representation of Homosexuality in the Discourse of LGBT-Christians

Student: Elizaveta Vasilenko

Supervisor: Polina Kolozaridi

Faculty: Faculty of Social Sciences

Educational Programme: Complex Social Analysis (Master)

Year of Graduation: 2018

Since 2010, in Russia, the homophobic discourse has been significantly intensified, and, at the same time, the church started playing the important role in the definition of moral norms. In Russian society, where masculinity can be described as “hegemonic” and the role of the church is growing, the identity that combines stigmatized sexual and gender identity with religious identity turns out to be problematic. This identity attracts us precisely because of its painfulness due to the “divided loyalties”. We assume that identity is "legitimized" through "justification," the argumentation of sexuality. In this dissertation study, we set the goal of revealing the representations of homosexuality in the discourse of LGBT Christians. We used the methods of mathematical modeling (Dirichlet's Latent Placement and Semantic Vector Representation of Words) and critical discourse analysis. The results were interpreted within the framework of the post-structural discourse theory of E.Laclau and Ch.Mouffe and the critical discursive approach of M.Reisigl and R.Wodak.

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