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.

Theorising Heterosexuality
Theorising heterosexuality
Introduction

Within social and political theory little attention has traditionally been given to theorising heterosexuality. Although it is deeply embedded in accounts of social and political participation, and our understandings of ourselves and the worlds we inhabit, heterosexuality is rarely acknowledged or, even less likely, problematised. Instead, most of the conceptual frameworks we use to theorise human relations rely implicitly upon a naturalised heterosexuality – where (hetero) sexuality tends either to be ignored in the analysis or is hidden from view, being treated as an unquestioned paradigm. Where sexuality is acknowledged as a significant category for social analysis, it has been primarily in the context of theorising the ‘sexual other’, defined in relation to a normative heterosexuality. Perhaps more surprisingly is the failure ...

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