British colonialism and the criminalization of homosexuality

  title={British colonialism and the criminalization of homosexuality},
  author={E. Han and J. O’Mahoney},
  journal={Cambridge Review of International Affairs},
  pages={268 - 288}
  • E. Han, J. O’Mahoney
  • Published 2014
  • Sociology
  • Cambridge Review of International Affairs
  • What explains the global variation in laws criminalizing homosexual conduct? Recent research has claimed that British colonialism is largely responsible for the criminalization of homosexuality around the world. This article utilizes a newly constructed dataset that includes up-to-date data on 185 countries to assess this claim. We find that British colonies are much more likely to have criminalization of homosexual conduct laws than other colonies or other states in general. This result holds… CONTINUE READING
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