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 28: Sexuality, Identity and the Politics of Recognition
Sexuality, Identity and the Politics of Recognition
The history of Anglo-American lesbian and gay politics can be interpreted as a set of struggles for and against recognition. Whether campaigning for the legalisation of gay marriage, debating what it means to be a ‘real’ lesbian or challenging the depiction of homosexuality as pathological, theorists and activists have ardently demanded certain forms of recognition and resisted others. Concurrently, the concept of recognition has become an increasingly important one in contemporary political theory. It is seen by many thinkers as an indispensable means of understanding and justifying socio-political struggles. Consequently, the main purpose of this chapter is to convey the importance and complexity of ...