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Diane Richardson's new book "Sexuality and Citizenship" published.

Sexual citizenship has become a key concept in the social sciences.

It describes the rights and responsibilities of citizens in sexual and intimate life, including debates over equal marriage and women’s human rights, as well as shaping thinking about citizenship more generally. But what does it mean in a continually changing political landscape of gender and sexuality?

In her new book on Sexuality and Citizenship published by Polity Diane Richardson calls for a critical rethink of sexual citizenship, illustrating her argument with examples drawn from across the globe. The book addresses a broad range of questions including: How is the concept of sexual citizenship changing? Does it still make sense to talk about the (hetero)sexualisation of citizenship? What is neoliberalism’s role in transformations of sexual citizenship? Can we think about sexual citizenship in global terms? Who gets left out in debates about sexual citizenship? What links sexuality, citizenship and human rights? Is the discourse of sexual citizenship problematic for sexual politics? What is the relationship between sexual citizenship and economic justice?

‘Diane Richardson has long had a reputation for acute sensitivity to the emergent issues in our complex sexual world. In this comprehensive but compelling book she tackles the central but contested concept of sexual citizenship. In Richardson’s steady hands this becomes a lens to explore a range of critical ideas, analyses and experiences. The result is never less than illuminating and challenging, an invaluable guide to our perplexities.’
Jeffrey Weeks, author of What is Sexual History?

‘Drawing literature from geography, gender studies, sociology and political science, Richardson challenges us to think in an interdisciplinary way about the impact of structural differences and marginalizations. As the leading scholar in this field, Diane Richardson offers an insightful engagement with the concept, and political outcomes, of sexual citizenship which is undoubtedly a must read for any contemporary student of the social sciences.’
Angelia Wilson, University of Manchester

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published on: 19 October 2017