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Sexuality, Citizenship and Belonging : Trans-National and Intersectional Perspectives (Hardcover)
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This collection seeks to encourage new ways of thinking about the connections and tensions between sexual politics, citizenship and belonging by bringing together a diverse range of critical interventions within sexuality and gender studies. The book is organised around three interlinked thematic areas, focusing on sexual citizenship, nationalism and international borders (Section 1); sexuality and "race" (Section 2); and sexuality and religion (Section 3). In revisiting notions of sexual citizenship and belonging, contributors engage with topical debates about "sexual nationalism," or the construction of western/European nations as exceptional in terms of attitudes to sexual and gender equality vis-à-vis an uncivilised, racialized "Other."
The collection explores macro-level perspectives by attending to the broader geopolitical and socio-legal structures within which competing claims to citizenship and belonging are played out; at the same time, micro-level perspectives are utilised to explore the interplay between sexuality and "race," nation, ethnicity and religious identities, both in individuals’ lived experiences and in activism and forms of collective belonging. Geographically, the collection has a prevalently European focus, yet contributions explore a range of trans-national spatial dimensions that exceed the boundaries of "Europe" and of European nation-states. They consider, for example, links between former European imperial powers and their former colonies; the construction of a European "core" and its "peripheries" in discourses on sexual and reproductive rights; and forms of belonging shaped by migration from within and outside "fortress Europe."
This volume gathers a diverse range of critical interventions and new research within sexuality studies, highlighting new ways of thinking about the connections between sexual politics, intimate citizenship, and multiple identifications and belongings. Examining different socio-political contexts and spatial dimensions (national, transnational, local), the book attends to broader geopolitical and socio-legal structures within which competing claims to citizenship and belonging are played out. An intersectional approach is utilised to explore the interplay between sexuality and nationhood, "race," ethnicity, religious identity, and social class.