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Violence, Prejudice and Sexuality

1st Edition

By Stephen Tomsen


188 pages | 5 B/W Illus.

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The binary model of sexuality can be devastating and even fatal for people left outside the category of heterosexuality. Essentialist categories of sexuality and gender are often enforced by harassment and violence, as is clear in the case of violence directed against sexual minorities such as homosexual men. This book investigates why men launch assaults on sexual minorities, why these attacks are so vicious and frequently irrational, the identities of perpetrators and their victims, and why such violence seems to have some acceptance in fields such as law, psychiatry, the media and popular opinion.

Tomsen discusses the theoretical and research literatures on models of understanding human sexuality and gender and the nature of hate violence and prejudice in contemporary societies, and also provides an analysis from his own original research to draw out the contradictory nature of both sexual identity and violence and the significance of viewing both fields as linked domains. This text makes an important contribution to current and future discussions of the nature of social prejudice and its ties to legal rulings, collective beliefs and mainstream culture.

Table of Contents

1. Understanding Sexual Diversity 2. ‘Homophobia’ and the Social Context of Sexual Prejudice 3. Violence and ‘Hate Crime’ 4. Researching Anti-Homosexual Killings 5. Killings as ‘Hate Crimes’? 6. Male Honour and the ‘Homosexual Advance’ 7. Violence, Identity and Panic 8. Demons and Victims Conclusion: Essentialism, Activism and Citizenship

About the Author

Stephen Tomsen is Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Western Sydney.

About the Series

Routledge Advances in Criminology

This series explores the critical issues within criminology and offers the latest insight into the field through international case studies and timely theoretical debates.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Men's Studies
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Violence in Society