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Law, Crime and Sexuality
Essays in Feminism


April 1995 | 256 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Law, Crime, and Sexuality transcends the traditional fragmentation of sociology, criminology, socio-legal studies, and feminist theory and philosophy. It enables readers to draw on aspects from each discipline and see how various themes and discussions are related. Compiled specifically for students' needs, the essays show that theory need not be too hard or too inaccessible, and help students to understand the law in conceptual terms while enabling them to become fully aware of the extent to which the law is implicated in our everyday lives. The book is divided into three sections which examine: * The shift from criminology to the sociology of law. * The shift from treating law as a tool of reform to

 
Introduction
 
PART ONE: CRIMINOLOGY
 
Introduction
 
Criminological Theory
Its Ideology and Implications Concerning Women  
 
Feminist Approaches to Criminology, or Postmodern Woman Meets Atavistic Man
 
PART TWO: SEXUALITY
 
Introduction
 
Legal Subjects and Sexual Objects
Ideology, Law and Female Sexuality  
 
Law's Power, the Sexed Body and Feminist Discourse
 
Unquestionably a Moral Issue
Rhetorical Devices and Regulatory Imperatives  
 
Law, Feminism and Sexuality
From Essence to Ethics?  
 
PART THREE: FEMINIST THEORY AND LAW
 
Introduction
 
Legal Regulation or Male Control?
 
Feminism and the Law
Some Problems of Analysis and Strategy  
 
Feminist Jurisprudence
 
The Woman of Legal Discourse
 
Proscription, Prescription and the Desire for Certainty? Feminist Theory in the Field of Law
 
Postscript of the 1990s, or 'Still Angry After all These Years'

`The great strength of this collection is the author's ability to write clearly about theoretical issues of great complexity. It should therefore prove extremely useful to its intended audience of students in the law and the social sciences. In teaching legal theory I have found `The Woman of Legal Discourse' (Chapter 11) invaluable as a way of bringing out some of the main themes of feminist jurisprudence' - LCCJ Newsletter

`Smart aims to increase the accessibility of theory to students. This is an ambitious task, yet it is tackled well. Theory is not simplified to the point of distortion.... Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the collection is the opportunity provided to understand the evolution of a knowledge project over twenty years which has tried to demystify law and to render its workings more transparent. It provides a rich understanding of law and the extent of its impact on the daily lives of all of us, not only in times of trouble such as divorce or victimisation. Rather, it frames our lives in terms of the possibilities open to us and operates as a discourse which creates legal subjects such as rape victims or lone mothers' - Sociology

'Provides an excellent forum to evaluate and debate those aspects of Carol Smart's work in criminology, the sociology of law and sexuality, and feminism, which will continue to influence a large generation of students and scholars' - Social & Legal Studies

'Carol Smart, argues that institutional and intelectual boundaries often prevent criminologists, socio-legal communities, and feminists from reading each others' works. In her collection of essays,Smart therefore sets out to demonstrate how her feminist project is formed by, and informs, wider debates in sociology, criminology, socio-legal studies, and feminist theory and philosophy......Specifically, Smart highlights how postmodern ideas have led her to question the feasibility of using legal systems for emancipatory puroses....

Smart's collection is a valuable contribution to current discussions about law, crime, and sexuality. The accessibility, scope and chronological arrangement of the collection make it especially useful for introducing students to the history of scholarship on female criminality and to recent developments in critical and leagal theory. Moreover, Smart's insightful suggestions about the discursive construction of "crime" and the "criminal" introduce a welcome alternative to current approaches for addressing the problem of both male and female criminality.' Crime, Law & Social Change 26/1997

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