We live at an age when sex, gender and sexualities can no longer be presumed to be non-political, pre-political or even marginal. Political activity and activism around sexual politics have pervaded and transformed the political agenda. As a consequence, these developments gave rise to significant changes in all areas of political life, from electoral politics and local government to public policy and international relations. This book recognises sexuality as a mainstream concept in political analysis and explores issues in the politics of sexuality that are highly salient and controversial today. These include conceptions of citizenship and nationality linked to gender and sexuality, the legislation about the age of concent, prostitution and traffiking in women, the international politics of population control, abortion and sexual harassment, and sexuality in the military. The international team of contributors provide a wide range of perspectives in a variety of contexts.
On a national level they offer illustrative case studies from the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands, Spain and Israel among others, and on an international plane they cover the European Union, the UN Conference on Population and Development and the role of the Vatican as an international arbiter. Moreover, the volume addresses the interaction between political discourse and the work of major theorists such as Weber, Freud, Foucault, Irigaray and Butler. Politics of Sexuality proposes new methodological enquiries on the definition of sexuality and its role in politics, and furthers the debate on how sexual politics determine and construct the identities of citizens. A rich and challenging addition to the literature of political science this volume will interest all those who seek to explore all the political and intellectual changes associated with the emergence of sexuality as a political issue.
Release date NZ
October 22nd, 1998
Edited by Terrell Carver
Edited by Veronique Mottier