The Mythology of Modern Law

Author: Peter Fitzpatrick
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781134890514
Release Date: 2002-09-11
Genre: Social Science

The Mythology of Modern Law is a radical reappraisal of the role of myth in modern society. Peter Fitzpatrick uses the example of law, as an integral category of modern social thought, to challenge the claims of modernity which deny the relevance of myth to modern society.

Feminism and the Power of Law

Author: Carol Smart
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781134972838
Release Date: 2002-01-08
Genre: Social Science

In this now established text the author presents her analysis of the power of law and argues for a feminist post-structuralist approach. She comments on pornography, as well as discussing recent research on rape trials and abortion legislation.

Interrogating Incest

Author: Vikki Bell
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781134896523
Release Date: 2002-09-11
Genre: Social Science

Winner of British Sociological Association Philip Abrams Memorial Prize 1993 Within feminism incest has often been subsumed under a discussion of sexual violence and abuse. Yet, important as this is, there has been little account of how feminist work itself relates to other ways of talking about and understanding incest. In Interrogating Incest Vikki Bell focuses on the issue of incest and its place in sociological theory, feminist theory and criminal law. By examining incest from a critical Foucauldian framework she considers how feminist discourse on incest itself fits into existing ways of talking about sex. Closely surveying the historical background to incest legislation and the theoretical issues involve, Vikki Bell delineates their practical implications and shows what uncomfortable questions and important dilemmas are raised by the criminalisation of incest.

Limited Responsibilities

Author: Tamar Pitch
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781134883516
Release Date: 2005-08-02
Genre: Medical

Limited Responsibilities explores the interaction between the criminal justice system and the wider concerns of political and social institutions, including the welfare state, social work and forensic psychiatry. Using the key concept of `responsibility', Tamar Pitch critiques the classical theories of Anglo-American and Italian criminologies, examining the allocation of responsibilities to individuals and society. Looking at the shifting political relationship between criminal justice and the welfare system, Pitch considers the problems which arise in our understandings of responsibility, particularly in relation to the young and the mentally disabled. She also documents the centrality of responsiblity as an issue in women's struggles for legislation on sexual violence, as a paradigm of the politicisation of notions of crime, victimization and criminal responsibility. Limited Responsiblities will be of interest to lecturers, students and professionals in criminology, social policy and women's studies.

Offending Women

Author: Anne Worrall
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781134958207
Release Date: 2002-09-11
Genre: Medical

A useful theoretical analysis of the discourse surrounding women's deviancy. Based on hundreds of interviews with magistrates, solicitors, psychiatrists, probabtion officers, and particularly female lawbreakers themselves this book is key for those studying criminology and women's studies as well as for practitioners.

Gender perceptions and the law

Author: Christine R. Barker
Publisher: Dartmouth Pub Co
ISBN: UOM:39015040160064
Release Date: 1998-03
Genre: Law

This collection of papers, written by leading lawyers and sociologists in the UK, focuses on the relationships between gender and the law in the context of three areas of law: family law, criminal law and equal rights.The papers argue that gender roles within society affect the legal rights of individuals and impact on procedures they go through to enforce their rights or to gain redress for wrongs done to them. By failing to recognize the social and economic situations in which men and women are placed, the law perpetuates inequalities in their positions. Where attempts are made to ensure equality between the sexes, the result is often the exact opposite, because the legal system treats individuals as equals operating in a vacuum, ignoring the argument that equal treatment does not necessarily mean the same treatment, but can mean different treatment to ensure equality of result.Topics include:- Disputes in the area of parental child custody rights- The rights of surviving spouses to their deceased partner's estate- Theories for violent behaviour in women as contrasted with men- Gender bias in criminal sentencing- The role of European law in promoting sex equality in the work place- Pornography and free speech- Homosexuality as a civil right of citizenship

Rethinking equality projects in law

Author: Rosemary C. Hunter
Publisher: Hart Pub
ISBN: UOM:39015079344050
Release Date: 2008-08-01
Genre: Law

The concept of equality has been a key animating principle of modern feminism, and has been highly productive for feminist legal thought and feminist politics concerning law. Today however, given the failure to achieve material and psychic equality for wo

Our Bodies Our Crimes

Author: Jeanne Flavin
Publisher: NYU Press
ISBN: 9780814727911
Release Date: 2010-03-01
Genre: Social Science

Drawing on surveys and interviews with almost 300 female military personnel, Melissa Herbert explores how women's everyday actions, such as choice of uniform, hobby, or social activity, involve the creation and re-creation of what it means to be a woman, and particularly a woman soldier. Do women feel pressured to be "more masculine," to convey that they are not a threat to men's jobs or status and to avoid being perceived as lesbians? She also examines the role of gender and sexuality in the maintenance of the male-defined military institution, proposing that, more than sexual harassment or individual discrimination, it is the military's masculine ideology--which views military service as the domain of men and as a mechanism for the achievement of manhood--which serves to limit women's participation in the military has increased dramatically. In the wake of armed conflict involving female military personnel and several sexual misconduct scandals, much attention has focused on what life is like for women in the armed services. Few, however, have examined how these women negotiate an environment that has been structured and defined as masculine.

The New Politics of Crime and Punishment

Author: Roger Matthews
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781135994822
Release Date: 2013-01-11
Genre: Social Science

This book provides an overview of recent government initiatives in the field of crime and punishment, reviewing both the policies themselves, the perceived problems and issues they seek to address, and the broader social and political context in which this is taking place. The underlying theme of the book is that a qualitative change has taken place in the politics of crime control in the UK since the early 1990s. Although crime has stabilised, imprisonment rates continue to climb, there is a new mood of punitiveness, and crime has become a central policy issue for the government, no longer just a technical matter of law enforcement. At the same time the politics of crime control have taken on a pronounced gender, race and age preoccupation. This book will be essential reading for anybody seeking an understanding of why crime and criminal justice policy have risen to the top of the political agenda.

Reaction and Resistance

Author: Dorothy E. Chunn
Publisher: UBC Press
ISBN: 9780774840361
Release Date: 2011-11-01
Genre: Law

In this timely volume, contributors from various disciplines analyze reaction and resistance to feminism in several areas of law and policy � child custody, child poverty, sexual harassment, and sexual assault � and in a number of institutional sites, such as courts, legislatures, families, the mainstream media, and the academy. Collectively, their studies paint a complicated, often contradictory, picture of feminism, law, and social change, offering feminists and activists empirically grounded knowledge to develop legal and political strategies for change.

Sociological Abstracts

Author: Leo P. Chall
Publisher:
ISBN: UOM:39015078349480
Release Date: 2003
Genre: Sociology

CSA Sociological Abstracts abstracts and indexes the international literature in sociology and related disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences. The database provides abstracts of journal articles and citations to book reviews drawn from over 1,800+ serials publications, and also provides abstracts of books, book chapters, dissertations, and conference papers.

Reconstructing the Household

Author: Peter W. Bardaglio
Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press
ISBN: 9780807860212
Release Date: 2000-11-09
Genre: History

In Reconstructing the Household, Peter Bardaglio examines the connections between race, gender, sexuality, and the law in the nineteenth-century South. He focuses on miscegenation, rape, incest, child custody, and adoption laws to show how southerners struggled with the conflicts and stresses that surfaced within their own households and in the larger society during the Civil War era. Based on literary as well as legal sources, Bardaglio's analysis reveals how legal contests involving African Americans, women, children, and the poor led to a rethinking of families, sexuality, and the social order. Before the Civil War, a distinctive variation of republicanism, based primarily on hierarchy and dependence, characterized southern domestic relations. This organic ideal of the household and its power structure differed significantly from domestic law in the North, which tended to emphasize individual rights and contractual obligations. The defeat of the Confederacy, emancipation, and economic change transformed family law and the governance of sexuality in the South and allowed an unprecedented intrusion of the state into private life. But Bardaglio argues that despite these profound social changes, a preoccupation with traditional notions of gender and race continued to shape southern legal attitudes.

The Hidden Gender of Law

Author: Regina Graycar
Publisher: Wm Gaunt & Sons
ISBN: STANFORD:36105044549595
Release Date: 1990
Genre: Discrimination à l'égard des femmes - Australie

Child abuse - Affirmative action - Divorce - Domestic violence - Discrimination - Equal opportunity - Family law - Sexual harassment - Surrogacy.