Den usynlige understrøm: Migration og tilhørsforhold blandt Færøernes LGBT+-minoriteter

Translated title of the contribution: The Invisible Undercurrent: Migration and belonging among LGBT+ minorities in the Faroe Islands

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Abstract

This article presents an exploration and analysis of LGBT+ minorities’ position in the Faroe Islands, a Nordic Atlantic society, from the 1940s until today. The Faroe Islands is sometimes categorized as a Nordic ‘exception’ in societal debate about minority rights and gender equality policy. How can we explain this image of being an ‘exception’ among Nordic neighbours? The aim of this article is first and foremost to present a critical discussion on LGBT+ minorities’ migration between the Faroe Islands and Denmark (with Copenhagen as the main centre for the Faroese Diaspora), based on a theoretical approach combining knowledge and concepts from interdisciplinary gender and island studies. The article contributes to a more nuanced understanding of the social positions and cultural strategies of sexual minorities from relatively small and remote island communities in transition. It draws on four biographical interviews and a large amount of information from Faroese media productions: newspapers, journals, documentaries, and so on. The article forms part of the author’s comprehensive anthropological research from the Faroe Islands, which has contributed with knowledge on identity, gender/masculinity and social transformations in island communities.
Translated title of the contributionThe Invisible Undercurrent: Migration and belonging among LGBT+ minorities in the Faroe Islands
Original languageDanish
Article number1
Pages (from-to)3-21
Number of pages19
JournalTidsskrift for kjønnsforskning
Volume48
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2024

Keywords

  • LGBT
  • Sexual minorities
  • Island communites
  • Migration
  • Gender studies
  • Identity

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