Groups seeking legal equality often take a victory as the end of the line. Once judgment is granted or a law is passed, coalitions disband and life goes on in a new state of equality. Policy makers too may assume that a troublesome file is now closed. This collection arises from the urgent sense that law reforms driven by equality call for fresh lines of inquiry. In unintended ways, reforms may harm their intended beneficiaries. They may also worsen the disadvantage of other groups. Committed to tackling these important issues beyond the boundaries that often confine legal scholarship, this book pursues an interdisciplinary consideration of efforts to advance equality, as it explores the developments, challenges, and consequences that arise from law reforms aiming to deliver equality in the areas of sexuality, kinship, and family relations. With an international array of contributors, After Legal Equality: Family, Sex, Kinship will be an invaluable resource for those with interests in this area.
Table of Contents
Introduction: After Equality Robert Leckey, Part One: Care under Neo-liberalism 1. Making Family Law Less Sexy … And More Careful Jonathan Herring, 2. Equality: An Uncomfortable Fit in Parenting Law Susan B. Boyd, 3. Men, Gender and Fathers’ Rights ‘After Equality’: New Formations of Rights and Responsibility in Family Justice Richard Collier, 4. Economic Justice after Legal Equality: The Case for Caring Queerly Janet R. Jakobsen, Part Two: States’ Reach 5. Cameos from the Margins of Conjugality Kim Brooks, 6. Leaping without Looking Helen Reece, 7. Taxing Times for Lesbians and Gay Men: 20 Years Later Claire Young, 8. The Historiographical Operations of Gay Rights Roderick Ferguson, Part Three: Sex and Love 9. Tackling Inequality in the Intimate Sphere: Problematizing Love and Violence in Same-Sex Relationships Catherine Donovan, 10. Parenting after Equality: (Re)Inscribing the Heteronormative Family Rosie Harding, 11. Sexuality and Children Post-Equality Daniel Monk
Robert Leckey is associate professor and William Dawson Scholar in the Faculty of Law, McGill University, where he conducts research in comparative family and constitutional law. He is author of Contextual Subjects: Family, State, and Relational Theory and co-editor of Queer Theory: Law, Culture, Empire.