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States of Passion

Yvonne Zylan

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780199735082
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199894802 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199735082.001.0001
States of Passion

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This book explores the role of legal discourse in shaping sexual experience, sexual expression, and sexual identity. The book focuses on three topics: anti-gay hate crime laws, same-sex sexual harassment, and same-sex marriage, examining how sexuality is socially constructed through the institutionally-specific production of legal discourse. The book argues that the law's power to authorize specific discourses and practices of love, desire, hatred, fear, and vulnerability remain grounded in the powerful discourses and institutional practices that mark law as dispassionate, cerebral, and fundamentally procedural. The book contends that those states of passion we experience in our daily lives as particularly significant—to our sense of self, to our collective and social identities, and to our ideas about the body and its dictates—increasingly have as much to do with the state as they do with passion.

Keywords: legal discourse; sexual experience; sexual expression; sexual identity; anti-gay hate crime laws; same-sex sexual harassment; same-sex marriage; social identity

Book.  334 pages. 

Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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