Sexuality and the Politics of Violence offers a timely and critical exploration of issues of safety and security at the centre of responses to violence. Through a multi-disciplinary analysis, drawing on feminism, lesbian and gay studies, sociology, cultural geography, criminology and critical legal scholarship, the book offers to transform the way we understand and respond to the challenges raised by violence. It breaks new ground in its examination of the rhetoric and politics of violence, property, home, cosmopolitanism and stranger danger in the generation of safety and security.
Using interviews, focus groups and surveys with lesbians and gay men, Sexuality and the Politics of Violence draws upon 'real life' experiences of safety and security. It raises some fundamental challenges to the law and order politics of existing scholarship and activism on homophobic hate crime.
Table of Contents
1: Violence, Sexuality and Cultures and Spaces of Safety 2: Violence for Safety 3: Attachment to Hate: the Emotional Dimensions of Lesbian and Gay Crime Control 4: The Limits of Law and Order: Individual Responsibility
5: The Rhetoric and Politics of Property 6: Comfort and the Location of Safety, Home 7: Cosmopolitan Safety
8: Stranger Danger: The Uses of Estrangement and the Politics of Fear 9: Conclusion: The Challenges of Safety and Security
'The empirical material ... in this engaging and timely book ... is fascinating ... [It is written] in an accessible style that retains complexity of analysis and argument, this is a book that deserves to be read, as it poses intellectual and policy challenges to debates on violence, sexuality and citizenship.' - Megan Todd, Sexualities