Criminal Justice-COLL | Sexuality and the Law
P423 | 34004 | --


This is an interdisciplinary course that draws upon approaches from
anthropology, cultural criminology, feminist theory, queer theory,
and legal studies to discuss topics in sexuality and the law. We
examine sexuality and its regulation in a range of contexts—legal
and illegal, local and global, physically interactive and
technologically-mediated. The first book we read frames sexuality
studies theoretically, putting the subject in a global context
(Altman). Then we read an ethnography by Flowers of the phone sex
industry that focuses on the shifting borders between desire and
deceit. The third book (Weston) is an ethnography of urban queer
experience and identity and how it is conceptualized in social
science. Discussion of these books will reveal how the values and
experiences we associate with sexuality and the law are shaped by
globalized political and economic forces, attendant communication
technologies, and cultural expectations and stereotypes. We will
maintain a critical double focus on the substance of these topics—
the ways of life that these topics invoke--as well as how such
topics are re-presented in social science, legal, and mass-mediated
discourses. This will provide us with a foundation for discussion of
specific kinds and incidents of sex-related crime that students will
choose together in class (e.g. date rape, rape as weapon of war,
domestic violence, sex trafficking, intentional HIV transmission,
etc.). Methodological dilemmas will arise in the context of our
conversations. (For example, how do you study activities like sex
that are usually done in private?)  Creative development of
independent research projects is an important component of the
course. Films will broaden our sense of international scenes related
to sexuality and the law. We will also have guest speakers who can
familiarize us with local situations and initiatives.


Required Texts:
Dennis Altman. 2001. Global Sex. Chicago: University of Chicago
Press.

Amy Flowers. 1998. The Fantasy Factory: An Insider’s View of the
Phone Sex Industry. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.

Kath Weston. 1998. longslowburn: sexuality and social science. New
York: Routledge.

Class Meeting:  Monday and Wednesday, 5:45-8:15, BH331

****NOTE: CLASS MEETS SECOND EIGHT WEEKS ONLY****

Instructor: Professor Stephanie Kane, criminal justice department