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Gender and the Law

By Judith Bourne, Caroline Derry

© 2018 – Routledge (Textbook (Standard) (DRM-Free))

258 pages

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Description

Gender and the Law provides an ideal introduction to gender and feminist theory for students. Beginning with an overview of traditional notions of gender, the book establishes the key feminist and queer legal theories. It provides a basic structure and overview upon which students can build their understanding of some of the complex and controversial topics and debates around gender.

Structured thematically, the book explores many fascinating and controversial legal issues, including issues of transgender rights; equal pay and equality in the workplace; societal changes and challenges within the regulation of personal relationships; the law surrounding consent and sexual offences; the role of gender norms in the criminal courts; legal regulation of prostitution and pornography; and the ways in which the law has responded to societal changes surrounding reproduction.

With ‘thinking points’ and ‘further reading’ suggestions within each chapter, the authors encourage an engagement with critique and theory in order to understand this dynamic and challenging field.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: Legal theories

Chapter 3: Women’s Evolving Legal Status

Chapter 4: Beyond the gender binary?

Chapter 5: Employment

Chapter 6: Regulating Relationships

Chapter 7: Gender norms in the criminal courts

Chapter 8: Consent

Chapter 9: Sexual offences

Chapter 10: Reproductive Bodies

Chapter 11: Regulating pornography and prostitution

About the Authors

Judith Bourne is Senior Lecturer in Law at St Mary’s University College, Twickenham. She leads the First Women Lawyers in Great Britain & the Empire symposia and is author of Helena Normanton and the Opening of the Bar to Women. Her primary research interests include feminist legal history, Land Law and Equity and Trusts.

Caroline Derry is Lecturer in Law at the Open University where her primary research interests include gender, sexuality and the criminal law; feminist perspectives on criminal and evidence law; and feminist and lesbian legal history.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HIS058000
HISTORY / Women
LAW038000
LAW / Family Law / General
LAW038030
LAW / Family Law / Marriage
LAW043000
LAW / Gender & the Law
LAW094000
LAW / Discrimination
SOC012000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gay Studies
SOC018000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Men's Studies
SOC026010
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Marriage & Family
SOC028000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Women's Studies
SOC032000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies
SOC046000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Abortion & Birth Control
SOC059000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Prostitution & Sex Trade