Regulating Sex: The Politics of Intimacy and Identity

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Regulating Sex is an anthology that presents debates over the role of the state in constructing and controlling erotic practice, intimacy, and identity. The purpose of this edited volume is to address sexual dilemmas in law and the state in substantive areas such as same-sex domestic partnerships, sexual economies, and childhood sexuality via a series of spirited dialogues between socio-legal scholars from diverse disciplinary, national, and political perspectives.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415948685
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/28/2004
  • Series: Perspectives on Gender Series
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Bernstein is Assistant Professor of Sociology and Women's Studies at Barnard College, Columbia University. Laurie Schaffner is Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice and Sociology at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the author of Teenage Runaways.

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Table of Contents

Regulating sex : an introduction
Pt. I The regulation of queer identities and intimacies
1 Liberalism and social movement success : the case of United States sodomy statutes 3
2 Contract and the legal mooring of same-sex intimacy 19
3 Unprincipled exclusions : the struggle to achieve judicial and legislative equality for transgender people 35
Pt. II The regulation of sexual commerce
4 Soft glove, punishing fist : the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 51
5 At home in the street : questioning the desire to help and save 67
6 Travel and taboo : heterosexual sex tourism to the Caribbean 83
7 Desire, demand, and the commerce of sex 101
Pt. III The regulation of childhood and gendered "innocence"
8 Child welfare as social defense against sexuality : a Norwegian example 129
9 Sexual abuse and the wholesome family : feminist, psychological, and state discourses 143
10 Identity to acronym : how "child prostitution" became "CSEC" 167
11 Capacity, consent, and the construction of adulthood 189
Pt. IV Beyond regulation : towards sexual justice
12 How libertine is the Netherlands? : exploring contemporary Dutch sexual cultures 209
13 From outsider to citizen 225
14 Sex and freedom 247
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