The notion of citizenship, with its balancing of rights and responsibilities, has become a dominant way of articulating sexual politics today. In The Sexual Citizen, David Bell and Jon Binnie critically explore the notion of sexual citizenship as a way to think through the ever-changing political, legal, social and cultural landscapes of sexuality.
The book examines sexual citizenship in a number of key sites of contemporary sexual politics (the market, marriage, the military, the city, the family) and focuses on a number of key theoretical debates on sexuality in relation to consumption, space and globalization. Critiquing existing theories of sexuality and citizenship, and drawing on a wide range of theoretical perspectives, The Sexual Citizen addresses both the promises and limitations of using the discourses of citizenship in the context of contemporary sexual politics.
The Sexual Citizen will be of interest to students and academics in lesbian and gay studies, politics, legal studies, sociology, cultural studies and geography
David Bell is Senior Lecturer in Cultural Studies at the University of Staffordshire. Jon Binnie is Lecturer in the Department of Geography at Brunel University.
Acknowledgements. 1. Sexing Citizenship. 2. Sexual Politics And Sexual Citizenship. 3. Marriage, The Military And The Sexual Citizen. 4. The Sexual And The Social. 5. Sexual Democracy And Urban Life. 6. The Love That Dares Not Forget Its Brand Name. 7. Transnational Sexual Citizenship. 8. Turn It Into Love. 9. Hard Choices. Notes. Bibliography. Index