In Law, Crime and Sexuality leading feminist theorist Carol Smart brings together a selection of her work specifically compiled for the needs of students to help them understand the law in conceptual terms, whilst enabling them to become fully aware of the extent to which the law is part of our everyday lives.
The book is divided into three sections, each prefaced by a specifically written introduction, which examine the major trends in contemporary thought including: the shift from criminology to the sociology of law; the identification of law as a site of struggle rather than as a tool of reform; the recognition of the contested nature of `woman' as a category; and the significance of the developing situation where feminists must debate about values and epistemologies without fearing the demise of feminist politics.
The final chapter includes Carol Smart's most recent thoughts which develop her challenging work on the gendering and sexing of the body, the survival of sociological feminism and the development of new ways of thinking about women and the law.
Carol Smart is Professor of Sociology at the University of Leeds. Her publications include: The Ties that Bind: Law, Marriage and the Reproduction of Patriarchal Relations (1984); Feminism and the Power of Law (1989); and Regulating Womanhood: Historical Essays on Marriage, Motherhood and Sexuality (edited, 1992).
Introduction PART ONE: CRIMINOLOGY Introduction Criminological Theory Its Ideology and Implications Concerning Women Feminist Approaches to Criminology, or Postmodern Woman Meets Atavistic Man PART TWO: SEXUALITY Introduction Legal Subjects and Sexual Objects Ideology, Law and Female Sexuality Law's Power, the Sexed Body and Feminist Discourse Unquestionably a Moral Issue Rhetorical Devices and Regulatory Imperatives Law, Feminism and Sexuality From Essence to Ethics? PART THREE: FEMINIST THEORY AND LAW Introduction Legal Regulation or Male Control? Feminism and the Law Some Problems of Analysis and Strategy Feminist Jurisprudence The Woman of Legal Discourse Proscription, Prescription and the Desire for Certainty? Feminist Theory in the Field of Law Postscript of the 1990s, or 'Still Angry After all These Years'