1st Edition

Sexuality, Gender and Power Intersectional and Transnational Perspectives

    292 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    292 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Bringing together essays by a distinguished international group of leading and emerging scholars of sexuality and gender, this stimulating and accessible collection explores a range of theoretical and "real world" perspectives current in the field. Treating these approaches as complementary, Sexuality, Gender and Power fosters critical conversations about sexuality across disciplinary, cultural, national and ideological boundaries.
    Underpinned by a broad editorial commitment to intersectionality, the chapters deploy approaches that range from historical materialism to queer theory, and from contract theory to theories of the gendered sexual self to address recurrent questions around agency, power, identity and self-hood. Theoretical debates inform and are informed by more empirically oriented chapters focusing on topics such as gay identity in contemporary Croatia, sexual politics in the Commonwealth Caribbean,  western "tango tourists," sexual violence in war, prostitution, femme fashion, changing sexual norms in China and Taiwan, and feminist politics in the 2008 US presidential campaign.
    Each chapter is interesting and important in its own right; taken together, they advance gender theory and research by developing a complex conception of sexuality that explores intersections between and amongst theories, levels of analysis and identities, linking case studies to international trends and theoretical debates to everyday experiences.

    Introduction  Anna G. Jónasdóttir, Valerie Bryson and Kathleen B. Jones  Part 1: Sexuality, Love and Social Theory  Editors’ Introduction: Sexuality, Love and Social Theory  1. Materialist Feminism, the Self and Global Late Modernity: Some Consequences for Intimacy and Sexuality  Stevi Jackson  2. Nation, State and Queers: Ethnosexual Identities in the Interface Between Social and Personal in Contemporary Croatia  Katja Kahlina  3. What Kind of Power is ‘Love Power’?  Anna G. Jónasdóttir  4. Sexuality: The Contradictions of Love and Work  Valerie Bryson  5. Theorising Sexuality and Power in Caribbean Gender Relations  Violet Eudine Barriteau  6. Love Impossible: Troubling Tales of Eroticized Difference in Buenos Aires  Maria Törnqvist  Part 2: Power and Politics  Editors’ Introduction: Power and Politics  7. Contract Theory and Global Change: The Intersections of Gender, Race and Class  Carole Pateman and Charles W. Mills  8. The Politics of Prostitution Revisited: Trends in Policy and Research  Joyce Outshoorn  9. Men, Masculinities and Power in Contemporary China: Reflections on the Phenomenon of Bao Ernai  Xingkui Zhang  10. Sexual Politics and Globalization: Triangulation of Relationships Among Taishang Bosses, Bosses’ Wives and Chinese Women  Bih-Er Chou  11. Notes on Femme-inist Agency  Ulrika Dahl  12. ‘Why Are You Doing This to Me?’ Identity, Power and Sexual Violence in War  Cynthia Cockburn  Part 3: Contemporary Approaches to Interest, Solidarity and Action  Editors’ Introduction: Contemporary Approaches to Interest, Solidarity and Action  13. Global/Transnational Gender/Sexual Scenarios  Jeff Hearn  14. The Curious Resurrection of First Wave Feminism in the U.S. Elections: An Intersectional Critique of the Rhetoric of Solidarity and Betrayal  Kimberlé Crenshaw  15. How is Global Gender Solidarity Possible?  Ann Ferguson


    Anna G. Jónasdóttir is Professor of Gender Studies, with special reference to The Politics and History of Gender Relations, Örebro University, Sweden. She is also responsible for the Örebro part of the two-campus Centre of Gender Excellence (GEXcel).

    Valerie Bryson is Professor of Politics at the University of Huddersfield, UK.

    Kathleen B. Jones is Professor Emerita of Women’s Studies, San Diego State University, USA, and a member of the Centre of Gender Excellence, GEXcel’s International Advisory Board.