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Title: The trials of men : sexuality and socio-legal politics
Author: Rush, Peter
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1993
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This thesis describes the ways in which it has been demanded that men put their masculine sexuality in question. This demand and the various responses to it are traced, not at a general level, but by way of several in-depth studies of particular problematiosations in contemporary sexual politics. The studies are prefaced by an initial chapter. It describes the emergence of men's groups, the inscription of their discourse by the law of narrative in the academic genre of men's studies, and the parallel refusal of narrative meaning by an anti-representational genre of male feminist criticism. As such, the chapter provides a context for the analysis of the law of masculinity and sexual difference in the subsequent chapters. At the same time, it introduces in more general terms the debates and theoretical resources that inform the thesis. The resources are primarily post-structuralist - and in particular, the ways in which it radicalises the implications of a general theory of language for the human sciences. The 'sciences' which provide the thesis with its privileged interlocutors are feminism, psychoanalysis, queer theory and legal theory. Each of the subsequent essays are however not designed as illustrations of a post-structuralist approach. Rather, they are essays which attempt to contribute to the analysis of the intersections of law and sexual politics. In this respect, discrete problematisations are addressed in depth.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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