Born in the late nineteenth century, sexuality is a relatively new category within the human sciences in general and law and society scholarship in particular. Despite its novelty, it is now a central category through which we understand ourselves both as individuals and as members of communities. This volume offers a collection of essays selected to reflect the ever-widening horizons and diverse methodologies of law and society scholarship on sexual and identity in law. The essays offer an insight into some of the key themes and recent developments in this body of work. Each in different ways offers an evaluation of the nature, meaning and effects of sexuality thereby providing a critical evaluation of the politics of sexual identity as it appears in and through the law.
Contents: Series preface; Introduction. Part I Topics: Queer property, queer persons: self-ownership and beyond, Margaret Davies; Refashioning the unfashionable: claiming lesbian identities in the legal context, Diana Majury; Zimbabwean law and the production of a white man's disease, Oliver Phillips; Transgender jurisprudence and the spectre of homosexuality, Andrew Sharpe; Returning to the scene of the crime: uses of trial dossiers on consensual male homosexuality for urban research, with examples from 20th century British Columbia, Gordon Brent Ingram; The cult of the clitoris: anatomy of a national scandal, Jodie Medd . Part II Locating Sexual Identity in Law: Policing and the state, AnnJanette Rosga; 'A stranger to its laws': sovereign bodies, global sexualities, and transnational citizens, Carl F. Stychin; After Dunblane: crime, corporeality and the (hetero-)sexing of the bodies of men, Richard Collier; Violence and the law: the case of sado-masochism, Leslie J. Moran; Sexual preference, crime and punishment, Diana Fishbein; Governing bodies, creating gay spaces: policing and security issues in 'gay' downtown Toronto, Mariana Valverde and Miomir Cirak; A legal perspective on sexuality and organization: a lesbian and gay case study, Paul Skidmore; Some reflections on the study of sexual orientation bias in the legal profession, William B. Rubenstein; Measuring gay populations and antigay hate crime, Donald P. Green, Dara Z Strolovitch, Janelle S. Wong and Robert W. Bailey; Not our kind of hate crime, Gail Mason; Understanding systemic violence: homophobic attacks in Johannesburg and its surroundings, Graeme Reid and Teresa Dirsuweit; Family law and sexuality: feminist engagements, Susan B. Boyd; Our children: kids of queer parents and kids who are queer: looking at sexual minority rights from a different perspective, Ruthann Robson; Same-sex marriage revived: feminist critique and legal strategy, Rosemary Auchmuty; From butch to butcher's knife: film, crime and