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Sexuality Repositioned: Diversity and the Law

Edited by: Belinda Gelsthorpe Loraine Brooks-Gordon, Martin Johnson, Andrew Bainham

ISBN13: 9781841134895
ISBN: 1841134899
Published: June 2004
Publisher: Hart Publishing
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £43.99



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Despite the advent of new sexual knowledges, new perspectives, new experiences even, we do not routinely or habitually reflect on the interface of social and legal dimensions of sexuality. Rather, the law is periodically reviewed in response to some crisis or campaign. The idea for the book thus came from awareness that it is important to explore some of the social and moral censures, contours and controversies that shape and mark the boundaries of sexuality.

The production of the book has coincided with a major review and new legislation concerning sexual offences, fuelling the authors' concerns and making their explorations timely. Interdisciplinary in scope, drawing in biological, psychological, sociological and historical perspectives to set out the new battlegrounds of sexuality, for instance, but with particular emphasis on socio-legal issues, the book examines the following areas:-

  • the development of sexuality and the right to define one's sexuality;
  • genetic maps and sexual politics;
  • sexuality and same sex relationships in law;
  • the law in relation to intersecting oppressions concerning lesbians, gay men and trans people;
  • the sexual abuse of children and the limitations of the law;
  • the contours of regulation concerning young people, 'sexual health', and prostitution;
  • sexual freedoms versus protectionist debates; sexuality, desire and embodied performances in the workplace;
  • sexuality, film and the law,
  • the law on sexuality in the everyday practice of the Care Standards Tribunal.

The book also reviews the recent reform of sexual offences and examines the current vogue for psychological treatment interventions for sexual offenders. This book offers a highly original and exciting new exploration of contemporary socio-legal issues in relation to different sexual positions.

Subjects:
Medical Law, Criminal Law, Family Law, Jurisprudence
Contents:
1. Introduction: Reflections on Sexuality Repositioned
LORAINE GELSTHORPE
Part 1: Sexuality and Society
2. The Rights and Wrongs of Sexuality
JEFFREY WEEKS
3. Social Worlds, Social Change and the Rise of the New Sexualities Theories
KEN PLUMMER
4. New Battlegrounds: Genetic Maps and Sexual Politics
LYNNE SEGAL
5. Sexuality, Desire and Embodied Performances in the Workplace
LINDA MCDOWELL
6. Sexuality and Same-Sex Relationships in Law
CRAIG LIND
7. Intersecting Oppressions: Ending Discrimination Against Lesbians, Gay Men and Trans People in the UK
ZOË-JANE PLAYDON
Part 2: The Development of Sexuality: Contemporary Debates
8. A Biological Perspective on Human Sexuality
MARTIN H. JOHNSON
9. Men, Women, People: The Definition of Sex
PAK-LEE CHAU AND JONATHAN HERRING
10. The Development of Sexuality
JULIE A. JESSOP
11. Sexual Health and Young People: the Contribution and Role of Psychology
ROGER INGHAM
Part 3: ‘Problematic’ and Prohibited Sexuality
12. Reforming the Law on Sexual Offences
ANDREW BAINHAM AND BELINDA BROOKS-GORDON
13. Unnatural Acts: Sexuality, Film, and the Law
ANDREW WEBBER
14. The Sexual Abuse of Children
MICHAEL FREEMAN
15. The Care Standards Tribunal: The Correct Balance
DAVID PEARL
16. The Sexual Zone Between Childhood and the Age of Majority: Claims to Sexual Freedoms Versus Protectionist Policies
KERRY PETERSEN
17. Regulating Sex: Young People, Prostitution and Policy Reform
JOANNA PHOENIX
18. Sexual Offenders: A Systematic Review of Psychological Treatment Interventions
BELINDA BROOKS-GORDON, CHARLOTTE BILBY AND TRACEY KENWORTHY