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.

Extending Citizenship?
Extending citizenship?

In this chapter I want to look at how the concept of sexual citizenship is in the process of being constructed and, associated with this, to go on to draw out the implications of these debates for the (re)framing of claims for ‘sexual rights’ in Chapter 6.

It is clear that the idea of sexual citizenship is work in progress, still very much in the process of being elaborated and defined. This is likely to be no easy task, given that both ‘citizenship’ and ‘sexual’ are ambiguous terms whose meanings are contested. There is a historical specificity to the question ‘what is sexual citizenship?’ in a rather different sense. The ‘sexual citizen’ who lays claim to certain rights in the name of a ...

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