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.
Chapter 4: Citizenship and Sexuality
Discussion of citizenship has been dominated by a model based on the work of T.H. Marshall (1950), a British sociologist who shaped post-war thinking about citizenship. Marshall defined citizenship in terms of three sets of rights: civil or legal rights, political rights and social rights. Civil or legal rights are institutionalised through the law and include things such as the right to own property; freedom of speech, thought and faith; liberty of the person; and the right to justice. Political rights are institutionalised in the parliamentary political system and councils of local government and include the right to vote and participate in the exercise of political power. Social rights include the right to a certain ...