This thoughtful and accessible book provides a critical examination of the central debates attached to conceptualizing sexuality as a site of knowledge and politics. These are explored in chapters on the meaning of heterosexuality, sexual citizenship and the associated notions of sexual rights and obligations, queer theory and its relationship with feminisms, both `new' and `old'. Also included is discussion of responses to the HIV//AIDS epidemic and the implications for understandings of gender and sexuality.


In the second half of the twentieth century there have been enormous transformations of sexuality. The 1960s was a particularly significant period of social change, despite the fact that the vast majority of people did not experience it as the ‘sexual revolution’ that it is often characterised as being. Reform of the divorce law took place in 1969, in the context of increasing marital breakdown, leading to a new Divorce Act and an immediate increase in divorce. The Sexual Offences Act, which liberalised legislation on male homosexuality, became law in 1967, as did the Abortion Act, which introduced the possibility for social as well as medical grounds for a legal termination, resulting in a rapid rise in the number of abortions. Alongside increased access ...

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