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Sexuality and Law: Volume III Sexual Freedom

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Edited by: Ruthann Robson

ISBN13: 9780754628712
Published: May 2011
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Ltd
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £195.00



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Theorizing sexual freedom is a difficult task; as a legal goal, it is neither universal nor absolute. Sexual freedom encompasses notions of liberty, dignity and autonomy. It also incorporates equality for sexual and gender minorities. This volume's treatment of sexual freedom includes issues of politics and power, as well as imperialism, national and other identities and the goals of scholarship and advocacy. The volume opens the difficult conversation of sexual freedom by discussing foundational theorists whose work has influenced conceptualizations of the relationships between sexuality and law. It considers hierarchies of sex in legal frameworks and hierarchies of nationalism in sexual-legal frameworks. The persistent issue of sexual identity is analyzed through the lens of asylum and gender identity. The notion of inevitable 'progress' toward sexual freedom is addressed and challenged. The volume concludes by examining legal education, judges and their discourse and professionals within the legal system.

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Subjects:
Human Rights and Civil Liberties
Contents:
Part I Opening the Conversation
Sexual traffic, Gayle Rubin interviewed by Judith Butler
Remembering Foucault, Jeffrey Weeks.
Part II Hierarchies of Sex
Homosexuality and the PIB argument, John Corvino
A woman's right to be spanked: testing the limits of tolerance of SM in the socio-legal imaginary, Ummni Khan
Sexual democracy, Ruthann Robson
The dignity of sex, Libby Alder.
Part III Nation
Queer times/queer assemblages, Jaspir Puar
Toward a gay friendly China? Legal implications of transition for gays and lesbians, John Balzano
Beyond the brother: radical freedom, A.J. Barnard-Naude
Sexual citizenship: articulating citizenship, identity and the pursuit of the good life in urban Brazil, Tomi Castle.
Part IV Sexual Identities
Constructing the personal narratives of gay, lesbian and bisexual asylum claimants, Laurie Berg and Jenni Millbank
'At the time she was a man': the temporal dimension of identity construction, Robin Conley.
Part V The Politics of Sexual 'Progress'
Closet cases: 'conscientious objection' to lesbian and gay legal equality, Carl Stychin
Sexual politics and social change, Darren Lenard Hutchinson.
Part VI Queering the Legal Profession
The construction of homosexuality in New Zealand judicial writing, Edward Clark
Judicial bodies and sexual bodies: a tale of two portraits, Leslie Moran
Queering legal education: a project of theoretical discovery, Kim Brooks and Debra Parkes
Be professional!, Dean Spade
Name index.