Sexual Politics in Modern Ireland

Edited by: Jennifer Redmond, Sonja Tiernan, Sandra McAvoy, Mary McAuliffe

Contributions by: Maria Luddy

Now available in paperback! This innovative collection offers a new understanding of sexual and gender politics in Ireland throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. Leading experts in the field contribute to a captivating and controversial debate on sexuality in Irish society, and specifically include explorations of lesbian histories, the treatment of intersex persons in Ireland, the patriarchal system, prostitution, sex education, and the ongoing and divisive issue of abortion. Ireland's relationship between the Church and State is investigated and questioned, along with the 'double standards' attitude towards women and their position within the law. New arguments made throughout the book offer a re-examination of our understanding of the Irish State and how it has treated, and continues to treat, its people on the basis of gender. The book contains insightful questions that challenge the concept of masculinity, femininity, and 'otherness' within Irish society. It also includes a fascinating study of activists from various campaigns that surround the progression of 'Pro-Choice' and 'Pro-Life' since 1983. *** "...a welcome addition to our knowledge of the history of sexuality and its relationship to politics. The contributors...are opening up the field in innovative and exciting ways." -- From the Foreword by Maria Luddy, University of Warwick *** "This welcome contribution to women's history and gender history explores efforts to define and control female sexuality to fit gender roles integral to political relationships of power and authority in late nineteenth and twentieth-century Ireland." -- Mary Cullen, Maynooth University *** "...this collection not only uses new sources but also new approaches to examine the role and control of sexuality in modern Ireland. It is original and, at times, brave." -- Diane Urquhart, Centre for Irish Studies, University of Liverpool [Subject: History, Irish Studies, Gender Studies, Sexuality, Sociology, Politics]

Publication Date: 8/15/2016
Format: Paper
ISBN: 9780716532842

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