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.

Sexuality, the Law and the Experiences of Women in Ireland

Sexuality, the Law and the Experiences of Women in Ireland

Sexuality, the law and the experiences of women in Ireland
Christina Quinlan


The history of women's experiences and expressions of sexuality in Ireland is for the most part very sad. It is a history of controlling women, of disciplining women, of punishing women. As is often, if not usually, the case, women's experiences and expressions of sexuality have been problematised in ways that men's experiences and expressions have not. This is related primarily, it can be argued, to the traditional position and function of women in the family and their role in and experiences of reproduction.

This chapter is about power and powerlessness. It describes the power of those positioned to construct, ...

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