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

Hardcover | April 29, 2011

byYvonne Zylan

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In States of Passion: Law, Identity and the Social Construction of Desire, Professor Yvonne Zylan 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. States of Passion argues that 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 fundamentally procedural. States of Passioncontends that those states of passion we experience in our daily lives as particularly significant - to our sense of self, to our collective and social identities, and to our ideas about the body and its dictates-increasingly have as much to do with the state as they do with passion.

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In States of Passion: Law, Identity and the Social Construction of Desire, Professor Yvonne Zylan 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 sexualit...

Yvonne Zylan, Associate Professor of Sociology, earned a B.A. in East Asian Studies from Yale University, a Ph.D. in sociology from New York University and a juris doctor from the University of San Diego School of Law. She has published articles in The Michigan Journal of Gender and Law, The Michigan Journal of Law Reform, Gender and S...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:334 pages, 5.91 × 8.5 × 1.18 inPublished:April 29, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199735085

ISBN - 13:9780199735082

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements1. Introduction2. Desiring the Discipline of Law3. Beyond the Binary Matrix4. I Hate the Way You Make Me Feel5. Categorical Imperatives6. Aspiring to Be Iowan7. ConclusionReferences