This two-volume Handbook provides a major thematic overview of global sexualities, spanning each of the continents, and its study, which is both reflective and prospective, and includes traditional approaches and emerging themes. The Handbook offers a robust theoretical underpinning and critical outlook on current global, glocal, and 'new' sexualities and practices, whilst offering an extensive reflection on current challenges and future directions of the field. The broad coverage of topics engages with a range of theories, and maintains a multi-disciplinary framework. PART ONE: Understanding Sexuality: Epistemologies/Conceptual and Methodological Challenges; PART TWO: Enforcing and Challenging Sexual Norms; PART THREE: Interrogating/Undoing Sexual Categories; PART FOUR: Enhancement Practices and Sexual Markets/Industries; PART FIVE: Sexual Rights and Citizenship (And the Governance of Sexuality); PART SIX: Sexuality and Social Movements; and PART SEVEN: Language and Cultural Representation.
Chapter 7: Anarchism and Sexuality
Anarchism and Sexuality
Sex? Of course! But this does not mean that all kinds of sexual behaviour would be condoned. We cannot imagine a truly anarchist society condoning rape, sexual exploitation or children … in sexual behaviour, as in all other forms of behaviour, social anarchism is based on freedom, trust and respect for the dignity of others. (Erlich et al., 1996: 15)
Anarchism – derived from the Greek ‘no chief', but understood as ‘without ruler’ (Dupuis-Déri, 2012) – can be understood as both a political theory and an ethos of opposition to authority. Anarchism as a commitment to challenging external authority can be usefully applied as a framework to sexuality to think about how sexuality is ...