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Sexual Citizenship : The Material Construction of Sexualities
In Sexual Citizenship David T. Evans argues that analyses of the social construction of sexualities have tended to ignore the material contexts in which gender construction occurs. The main negative effect of this is that the sexual has been detached from mainstream power relations and interests. Building upon Foucauldian and Interactionist perspectives, David Evans maintains that the progressive sexualisation of modern capitalist societies is primarily shaped by the complex inter-related material interests of market and state. The inherent individualism and amoralism of the consumerist market inevitably leads to the commodification of that which is most 'personal', 'private', 'individual' and 'natural'. Capitalism encourages us to purchase our sexual identities and lifestyles and impels us to conclude that we are right to do so. In response the state is not a passive actor. It neither simply resists or retreats. Rather it concedes relative and partial rights to 'deviant' sexual minorities, investing them with particular, limited forms of gender/consumer power i.e. sexual citizenship. After a detailed discussion of the theoretical issues, the argument is developed through the specific instances of male homosexuality, bisexuality, transvestitism, transsexualism, paedophilia and children's sexuality.
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Taylor & Francis
June 13, 1993
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