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States of Passion: Law, Identity, and Social Construction of Desire

Yvonne Zylan


This book explores the role of legal discourse in shaping sexual experience, sexual expression, and sexual identity. The book focuses on three topics: anti-gay hate crime laws, same-sex sexual harassment, and same-sex marriage, examining how sexuality is socially constructed through the institutionally-specific production of legal discourse. The book argues that the law's power to authorize specific discourses and practices of love, desire, hatred, fear, and vulnerability remain grounded in the powerful discourses and institutional practices that mark law as dispassionate, cerebral, and fundam ... More

Keywords: legal discourse, sexual experience, sexual expression, sexual identity, anti-gay hate crime laws, same-sex sexual harassment, same-sex marriage, social identity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199735082
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199735082.001.0001


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Yvonne Zylan, author
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