Sexuality and the Politics of Violence and Safety

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Sexuality and the Politics of Violence offers a timely and critical exploration of issues of safety and security at the centre of responses to violence. Through a multi-disciplinary analysis, drawing on feminism, lesbian and gay studies, sociology, cultural geography, criminology and critical legal scholarship, the book offers to transform the way we understand and respond to the challenges raised by violence. It breaks new ground in its examination of the rhetoric and politics of violence, property, home, cosmopolitanism and stranger danger in the generation of safety and security.

Using interviews, focus groups and surveys with lesbians and gay men, Sexuality and the Politics of Violence draws upon 'real life' experiences of safety and security. It raises some fundamental challenges to the law and order politics of existing scholarship and activism on homophobic hate crime.
 

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Contents

Violence for safety
15
the emotional dimensions
28
individual responsibility
44
The rhetoric and politics of property
57
Comfort and the location of safety home
83
Cosmopolitan safety
110
the uses of estrangement and
141
the challenges of safety and security
171
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