Queer Theory: Law, Culture, Empire uses queer theory to examine the complex interactions of law, culture, and empire. Building on recent work on empire, and taking contextual, socio-legal, comparative, and interdisciplinary approaches, it studies how activists and scholars engaged in queer theory projects can unwittingly advance imperial projects and how queer theory can itself show imperial ambitions. The authors – from five continents – delve into examples drawn from Bollywood cinema to California’s 2008 marriage referendum. The chapters view a wide range of texts – from cultural productions to laws and judgments – as regulatory forces requiring scrutiny from outside Western, heterosexual privilege. This innovative collection goes beyond earlier queer legal work, engaging with recent developments, featuring case studies from India, South Africa, the US, Australasia, Eastern Europe, and embracing the frames offered by different disciplinary lenses.
Queer Theory: Law, Culture, Empire will be of particular interest to students and researchers in the fields of socio-legal studies, comparative law, law and gender/sexuality, and law and culture.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Introduction, Robert Leckey and Kim Brooks Part 1: Constitution Chapter 2. Queer Theory, Neoliberalism and Urban Governance, Jon Binnie Chapter 3. Regulating ‘Perversion’: The Role of Tolerance in De-Radicalizing the Rights Claims of Sexual Subalterns, Ratna Kapur Part 2: Representation Chapter 4. Cinema of Queer Desires: Bombay Cinema and Emergent Sexualities, Shohini Ghosh Chapter 5. Post-Apartheid Fraternity, Post-Apartheid Democracy, Post-Apartheid Sexuality: Queer Reflections on Jane Alexander’s 'Butcher Boys', Jaco Barnard-Naudé Chapter 6. The Judicial Virtue of Sexuality, Leslie J. Moran Part 3: Regulation Chapter 7. Reproductive Outsiders – The Perils and Disruptive Potential of Reproductive Coalitions, Jenni Millbank Chapter 8. Queer/Religious Potentials in US Same-Sex Marriage Debates, Jeffrey A. Redding Chapter 9. What’s Queer about Polygamy?, Margaret Denike Part 4: Exclusion Chapter 10. An ‘Imperial’ Strategy? The Use of Comparative and International Law in Arguments about LGBT Rights, Nicholas Bamforth Chapter 11. Reproducing Empire in Same Sex Relationship Recognition and Immigration Law Reform, Nan Seuffert Chapter 12. UnSettled, Ruthann Robson
Robert Leckey is Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Law at McGill University, where he teaches and researches in constitutional law, family law, and comparative law. He is the author of Contextual Subjects: Family, State, and Relational Theory (2008).
Kim Brooks is Associate Professor and the H. Heward Stikeman Chair in the Law of Taxation in the Faculty of Law at McGill University. She is the editor of Justice Bertha Wilson: One Woman's Difference (2009).