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.

The Queer Epistemologies: Challenges to the Modes of Knowing about Sexuality in Russia

The Queer Epistemologies: Challenges to the Modes of Knowing about Sexuality in Russia

The queer epistemologies: challenges to the modes of knowing about sexuality in Russia
Alexander Kondakov


Sexuality became a matter of national concern for the Russian government in 2013, when the Duma passed the law banning ‘propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations’ within its national jurisdiction (Kondakov, 2014a). The Russian government has also promoted ‘traditional family values’ at the United Nations (Wilkinson, 2014), raising increased international concerns. Both strategies of regulating sexuality, national and international, primarily target queer sexualities. Since 1993, when male homosexuality was decriminalized, Russia has tended to ignore this topic in its legal and policy frameworks. The rise of legal and political interest in homosexuality marked the ...

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