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Supporting children when parents separate - Embedding a crisis intervention approach within family justice, education and... Supporting children when parents separate - Embedding a crisis intervention approach within family justice, education and mental health policy (Paperback)
Mervyn Murch
R647 R595 Discovery Miles 5 950 Save R52 (8%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

A fresh approach to supporting children who experience parental separation and divorce. Murch argues for preventative intervention which responds to children's worries when they first present them, without waiting until things have gone badly wrong.

Motherhood and Infertility in Ireland (Hardcover, New): Jill Allison Motherhood and Infertility in Ireland (Hardcover, New)
Jill Allison
R799 R727 Discovery Miles 7 270 Save R72 (9%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This book explores the imagined and instrumental significance of motherhood, fertility and family in social and political life in contemporary Ireland. In the climate of change shaped in part by Ireland's economic and political place in Europe, values, norms and ideals are challenged and re-defined as people navigate new social terrain for many institutions, including the family. Infertility stories show us how the once seamless connection between marriage, motherhood, sex and procreation is contested. Through the stories of women and men facing infertility, the book brings to life the forces that shape the idea of motherhood in Ireland and the way many women see themselves, not as victims of circumstance, but as agents and beneficiaries of changing social values and expectations. The book also examines how religious, medical and state institutions employ the meanings of "nature" and science in procreative endeavours in an effort to be the dominant voice in a conversation about an ongoing pronatalist politics. The use of reproductive technologies is discussed in relation to the historical and contemporary debates about reproductive choice. The dilemmas people face when using assisted reproduction technologies also highlight the complexity and contingency of the local morality in which reproductive politics operates in Ireland. The book makes an important contribution to the story of change in Ireland as it represents the current cultural context in which people are making decisions about family building. It also contributes to the feminist literature on motherhood and reproductive choice in contemporary Ireland.

Marriages, Families, and Relationships - Making Choices in a Diverse Society (Hardcover, 13th edition): Mary Ann Lamanna, Agnes... Marriages, Families, and Relationships - Making Choices in a Diverse Society (Hardcover, 13th edition)
Mary Ann Lamanna, Agnes Riedmann
R2,470 Discovery Miles 24 700 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This best-selling text on marriages, families, and relationships combines an authoritative, yet applied approach with a theme that is especially relevant today: making choices in a diverse society. A balance of various theoretical perspectives along with many examples helps you understand how people are influenced by the society around them, how social conditions change in ways that affect family life, the interplay between families and the larger society, and the family-related choices that individuals make throughout adulthood. You'll gain insightful perspectives on the diversity of our modern society, including different ethnic traditions and family forms, and be encouraged to question assumptions and reconcile conflicting ideas and values as you make informed choices in your own life.

Brown Bodies, White Babies - The Politics of Cross-Racial Surrogacy (Paperback): Laura Harrison Brown Bodies, White Babies - The Politics of Cross-Racial Surrogacy (Paperback)
Laura Harrison
R552 R469 Discovery Miles 4 690 Save R83 (15%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Brown Bodies, White Babies focuses on the practice of cross-racial gestational surrogacy, in which a woman - through in-vitro fertilization using the sperm and egg of intended parents or donors - carries a pregnancy for intended parents of a different race. Focusing on the racial differences between parents and surrogates, this book is interested in how reproductive technologies intersect with race, particularly when brown bodies produce white babies. While the potential of reproductive technologies is far from pre-determined, the ways in which these technologies are currently deployed often serve the interests of dominant groups, through the creation of white, middle-class, heteronormative families. Laura Harrison, providing an important understanding of the work of women of color as surrogates, connects this labor to the history of racialized reproduction in the United States. Cross-racial surrogacy is one end of a continuum in which dominant groups rely on the reproductive potential of nonwhite women, whose own reproductive desires have been historically thwarted and even demonized. Brown Bodies, White Babies provides am interdisciplinary analysis that includes legal cases of contested surrogacy, historical examples of surrogacy as a form of racialized reproductive labor, the role of genetics in the assisted reproduction industry, and the recent turn toward reproductive tourism. Joining the ongoing feminist debates surrounding reproduction, motherhood, race, and the body, Brown Bodies, White Babies ultimately critiques the new potentials for parenthood that put the very contours of kinship into question.

The Adoption Machine - The Dark History of Ireland's Mother & Baby Homes and the Inside Story of How `Tuam 800'... The Adoption Machine - The Dark History of Ireland's Mother & Baby Homes and the Inside Story of How `Tuam 800' Became a Global Scandal (Paperback)
Paul Jude Redmond
R377 R312 Discovery Miles 3 120 Save R65 (17%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Family Resource Management (Paperback, 3rd Revised edition): Tami J. Moore, Sylvia M. Asay Family Resource Management (Paperback, 3rd Revised edition)
Tami J. Moore, Sylvia M. Asay
R1,813 R1,614 Discovery Miles 16 140 Save R199 (11%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Students will be introduced to Family Resource Management from the viewpoint of the helping professional in assisting families to achieve the identified goals they have established. The text is structured to parallel the decision-making process employed by helping professionals with a strong theory base and material from multiple disciplines to facilitate both understanding and retention. It also emphasizes the significance of diversity in ethnic and cultural backgrounds as well as contemporary family life.

The Saddest Girl in the World (Paperback): Cathy Glass The Saddest Girl in the World (Paperback)
Cathy Glass 1
R186 R143 Discovery Miles 1 430 Save R43 (23%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

The Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling author of Damaged tells the true story of Donna, who came into foster care aged ten, having been abused, victimised and rejected by her family.

Donna had been in foster care with her two young brothers for three weeks when she is abruptly moved to Cathy s. When Donna arrives she is silent, withdrawn and walks with her shoulders hunched forward and her head down. Donna is clearly a very haunted child and refuses to interact with Cathy s children Adrian and Paula.

After patience and encouragement from Cathy, Donna slowly starts to talk and tells Cathy that she blames herself for her and her brothers being placed in care. The social services were aware that Donna and her brothers had been neglected by their alcoholic mother, but no one realised the extent of the abuse they were forced to suffer. The truth of the physical torment she was put through slowly emerges, and as Donna grows to trust Cathy she tells her how her mother used to make her wash herself with wire wool so that she could get rid of her skin colour as her mother was so ashamed that Donna was mixed race.

The psychological wounds caused by the bullying she received also start to resurface when Donna starts reenacting the ways she was treated at home by hitting and bullying Paula, so much so that Cathy can t let Donna out of her sight.

As the pressure begins to mount on Cathy to help this child, things start to get worse and Donna begins behaving in erratic ways, trashing her bedroom and being regularly abusive towards Cathy s children. Cathy begins to wonder if she can find a way to help this child or if Donna s scars run too deep."

Brown Bodies, White Babies - The Politics of Cross-Racial Surrogacy (Hardcover): Laura Harrison Brown Bodies, White Babies - The Politics of Cross-Racial Surrogacy (Hardcover)
Laura Harrison
R1,651 R1,341 Discovery Miles 13 410 Save R310 (19%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Brown Bodies, White Babies focuses on the practice of cross-racial gestational surrogacy, in which a woman - through in-vitro fertilization using the sperm and egg of intended parents or donors - carries a pregnancy for intended parents of a different race. Focusing on the racial differences between parents and surrogates, this book is interested in how reproductive technologies intersect with race, particularly when brown bodies produce white babies. While the potential of reproductive technologies is far from pre-determined, the ways in which these technologies are currently deployed often serve the interests of dominant groups, through the creation of white, middle-class, heteronormative families. Laura Harrison, providing an important understanding of the work of women of color as surrogates, connects this labor to the history of racialized reproduction in the United States. Cross-racial surrogacy is one end of a continuum in which dominant groups rely on the reproductive potential of nonwhite women, whose own reproductive desires have been historically thwarted and even demonized. Brown Bodies, White Babies provides am interdisciplinary analysis that includes legal cases of contested surrogacy, historical examples of surrogacy as a form of racialized reproductive labor, the role of genetics in the assisted reproduction industry, and the recent turn toward reproductive tourism. Joining the ongoing feminist debates surrounding reproduction, motherhood, race, and the body, Brown Bodies, White Babies ultimately critiques the new potentials for parenthood that put the very contours of kinship into question.

Failing Families, Failing Science - Work-Family Conflict in Academic Science (Hardcover): Elaine Ecklund, Anne E Lincoln Failing Families, Failing Science - Work-Family Conflict in Academic Science (Hardcover)
Elaine Ecklund, Anne E Lincoln
R1,643 R1,333 Discovery Miles 13 330 Save R310 (19%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Work life in academia might sound like a dream: summers off, year-long sabbaticals, the opportunity to switch between classroom teaching and research. Yet, when it comes to the sciences, life at the top U.S. research universities is hardly idyllic. Based on surveys of over 2,000 junior and senior scientists, both male and female, as well as in-depth interviews, Failing Families, Failing Science examines how the rigors of a career in academic science makes it especially difficult to balance family and work. Ecklund and Lincoln paint a nuanced picture that illuminates how gender, individual choices, and university and science infrastructures all play a role in shaping science careers, and how science careers, in turn, shape family life. They argue that both men and women face difficulties, though differently, in managing career and family. While women are hit harder by the pressures of elite academic science, the institution of science-and academic science, in particular-is not accommodating, possibly not even compatible, for either women or men who want to raise families. Perhaps most importantly, their research reveals that early career academic scientists struggle considerably with balancing their work and family lives. This struggle may prevent these young scientists from pursuing positions at top research universities-or further pursuing academic science at all- a circumstance that comes at great cost to our national science infrastructure. In an era when advanced scientific research and education is more important than ever, Failing Families, Failing Science presents a compelling inside look at the world of the university scientists who make it possible-and what universities and national science bodies can do to make a difference in their lives.

Someone Has Led This Child to Believe - A Memoir (Paperback): Regina Louise Someone Has Led This Child to Believe - A Memoir (Paperback)
Regina Louise
R291 R236 Discovery Miles 2 360 Save R55 (19%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

"Revealing and much needed." --Booklist In this unflinching, unforgettable memoir, Regina Louise tells the true story of overcoming neglect in the US foster-care system. Drawing on her experience as one of society's abandoned children, she tells how she emerged from the cruel, unjust system, not only to survive, but to flourish. After years of jumping from one fleeting, often abusive home to the next, Louise meets a counselor named Jeanne Kerr. For the first time in her young life, Louise knows what it means to be seen, wanted, understood, and loved. After Kerr tries unsuccessfully to adopt Louise, the two are ripped apart--seemingly forever--and Louise continues her passage through the cold cinder-block landscape of a broken system, enduring solitary confinement, overmedication, and the actions of adults who seem hell-bent on convincing her that she deserves nothing, that she is nothing. But instead of losing her will to thrive, Louise remains determined to achieve her dream of a higher education. After she ages out of the system, Louise is thrown into adulthood and, haunted by her trauma, struggles to finish school, build a career, and develop relationships. As she puts it, it felt impossible "to understand how to be in the world." Eventually, Louise learns how to confront her past and reflect on her traumas. She starts writing, quite literally, a new future for herself, a new way to be. Louise weaves together raw, sometimes fragmented memories, excerpts from real documents from her case file, and elegant reflections to tell the story of her painful upbringing and what came after. The result is a rich, engrossing account of one abandoned girl's efforts to find her place in the world, people to love, and people to love her back.

Gripes (Hardcover): Jean-Claude Kaufmann Gripes (Hardcover)
Jean-Claude Kaufmann; Translated by Helen Morrison
R1,205 R931 Discovery Miles 9 310 Save R274 (23%) Shipped within 7 - 13 working days

We all know what it's like to be annoyed by little things that our husband, wife or partner does - leaving the cap off the toothpaste tube, leaving the toilet lid up, leaving dirty clothes on the floor - and we know how easily these little grievances of everyday life can spin out of control. In this brilliant new book the sociologist Jean-Claude Kaufmann shows us how and why sparks can suddenly fly even in the most well-adjusted couples.

They see themselves as being in total harmony but they are mistaken The clash between their uniquely individual attitudes to life rumbles on in silence until suddenly erupting in emotional outbursts each time an object or an attitude reveals for the thousandth time the unbearable and incomprehensible otherness of the partner.

When this occurs, a whole panoply of tactics is deployed, ranging from the combative (secret acts of revenge) through the neutral (sulking) to the subtly loving. But these stormy episodes within relationships can have a happy ending, for it is through learning to overcome these irritations and aggravations that love is ultimately strengthened.

In Their Voices - Black Americans on Transracial Adoption (Paperback): Rhonda M. Gendzier, Rhonda M Roorda In Their Voices - Black Americans on Transracial Adoption (Paperback)
Rhonda M. Gendzier, Rhonda M Roorda
R506 R372 Discovery Miles 3 720 Save R134 (26%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

While many proponents of transracial adoption claim that American society is increasingly becoming "color-blind," a growing body of research reveals that for transracial adoptees of all backgrounds, racial identity does matter. Rhonda M. Roorda elaborates significantly on that finding, specifically studying the effects of the adoption of black and biracial children by white parents. She incorporates diverse perspectives on transracial adoption by concerned black Americans of various ages, including those who lived through Jim Crow and the Civil Rights era. All her interviewees have been involved either personally or professionally in the lives of transracial adoptees, and they offer strategies for navigating systemic racial inequalities while affirming the importance of black communities in the lives of transracial adoptive families. In Their Voices is for parents, child-welfare providers, social workers, psychologists, educators, therapists, and adoptees from all backgrounds who seek clarity about this phenomenon. The author examines how social attitudes and federal policies concerning transracial adoption have changed over the last several decades. She also includes suggestions on how to revise transracial adoption policy to better reflect the needs of transracial adoptive families. Perhaps most important, In Their Voices is packed with advice for parents who are invested in nurturing a positive self-image in their adopted children of color and the crucial perspectives those parents should consider when raising their children. It offers adoptees of color encouragement in overcoming discrimination and explains why a "race-neutral" environment, maintained by so many white parents, is not ideal for adoptees or their families.

Sex Cultures (Paperback): Amin Ghaziani Sex Cultures (Paperback)
Amin Ghaziani
R405 R332 Discovery Miles 3 320 Save R73 (18%) Shipped within 7 - 13 working days

Why is it so hard to talk about sex and sexuality? In this crisp and compelling book, Amin Ghaziani provides a pithy introduction to the field of sexuality studies through a distinctively cultural lens. Rather than focusing on sex acts, which make us feel flustered and blind us to a bigger picture, Ghaziani crafts a conversation about sex cultures that zooms in on the diverse contexts that give meaning to our sexual pursuits and practices. Unlike sex, which is a biological expression, the word sexuality highlights how the materiality of the body acquires cultural meaning as it encounters other bodies, institutions, regulations, symbols, societal norms, values, and worldviews. Think of it this way: sex + culture = sexuality. Sex Cultures offers an introduction to sexuality unlike any other. Its case-study and debate-driven approach, animated by examples from across the globe and across disciplines, upends stubborn assumptions that pit sex against society. The elegance of the arguments makes this book a pleasurable read for beginners and experts alike.

Fostering Connections Act - Elements & Efforts for Improved Foster Care Outcomes (Hardcover): Graham Slater Fostering Connections Act - Elements & Efforts for Improved Foster Care Outcomes (Hardcover)
Graham Slater
R2,531 R1,900 Discovery Miles 19 000 Save R631 (25%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Approximately 400,000 children were living in foster care in fiscal year 2012, according to the most recent data available. The Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008 is an omnibus child welfare bill designed to ensure greater permanence and improve the well-being of children served by public child welfare agencies. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) oversees states' implementation of federal child welfare requirements. This book examines steps states have taken to implement selected provisions of the act and challenges they have faced, and the extent to which HHS has monitored states' efforts.

Ensuring Inequality - The Structural Transformation of the African-American Family, Revised Edition (Paperback, 2 Revised... Ensuring Inequality - The Structural Transformation of the African-American Family, Revised Edition (Paperback, 2 Revised Edition)
Donna L. Franklin
R540 Discovery Miles 5 400 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

There is a crisis today in the American family, and this crisis has been particularly severe in the African American community. Black women and men are more likely than ever to remain single, and as a result, a staggering number of African-American children are growing up in households that do not include their biological fathers. In this revised edition of an award winning book, Donna L. Franklin and co-author Angela D. James expand and update the nuanced historical perspective used in the first edition to understand African American family patterns. The result is a well-documented narrative that challenges conventional understanding of the continuing plight of African American families. Ensuring Inequality traces the evolution of the black family from slavery to the present, showing the cumulative effects of centuries of historical change. Beginning with a richly researched account of the impact of slavery on the black family, the authors point out that slavery not only caused extreme instability and suffering for families, but established a lasting pattern of poverty which made the economic advantages of marriage unattainable for many. Providing sharp critiques of the full range of federal policies, from the Freedmen's Bureau during Reconstruction, to contemporary changes in penal and welfare policies, the authors suggest a prominent role of such policy in constructing the circumstances of black family life. The revised edition updates the final chapters of this comprehensive and nuanced study by exploring changes in marriage patterns over time. It also provides an expanded consideration of the impact on the urban poor of the massive changes in the economy in the recent past and of mass incarceration. The authors demonstrate how each of these changes has operated to dramatically reduce the marriage options of men and women in urban communities. Exhaustively researched and insightfully written, Ensuring Inequality continues to make an important contribution.

In Bed with the Ancient Egyptians (Paperback): Charlotte Booth In Bed with the Ancient Egyptians (Paperback)
Charlotte Booth
R234 R189 Discovery Miles 1 890 Save R45 (19%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

In modern-day media, depictions of ancient Egyptian society are of a highly sexualised, lustful culture, but how accurate are these depictions of a people so shrouded in mystery and legend that it is sometimes hard to tell truth from fiction? In this fascinating and intimate insight into ancient Egyptian sex and sexuality, Charlotte Booth demystifies an ancient way of life, drawing on archaeological evidence and the written record to build a picture of what really went on in the bedrooms of the pharaohs and their subjects. Sex was a prominent part of ancient Egyptian society. It featured heavily in religion, mythology and artwork, and was not considered the taboo it is sometimes treated as in modern cultures. This book examines all aspects of ancient Egyptian sex lives, from idealised beauty and attitudes towards sexuality, to representations of fertility in art and the relationship between sex and religion. Many of the trials and tribulations that were faced are as relevant today as they were in the past: marriage, divorce and adultery are all discussed, as well as prostitution, homosexuality, sexual health and fertility. Whilst many of the remedies seem bizarre to the modern mind, some of the attitudes are surprisingly liberal, and all make for fascinating reading. From Akhenaten and his famously beautiful queen, Nefertiti, to the seductive Cleopatra's affairs with Julius Caesar and Marc Antony, Booth provides a tantilising glimpse into this extremely personal aspect of ancient Egyptian life.

The Rough Patch - Marriage and the Art of Living Together (Hardcover): Daphne De Marneffe The Rough Patch - Marriage and the Art of Living Together (Hardcover)
Daphne De Marneffe
R502 R374 Discovery Miles 3 740 Save R128 (25%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Buying a Bride - An Engaging History of Mail-Order Matches (Hardcover): Marcia A Zug Buying a Bride - An Engaging History of Mail-Order Matches (Hardcover)
Marcia A Zug
R562 R478 Discovery Miles 4 780 Save R84 (15%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

There have always been mail-order brides in America-but we haven't always thought about them in the same ways. In Buying a Bride, Marcia A. Zug starts with the so-called "Tobacco Wives" of the Jamestown colony and moves all the way forward to today's modern same-sex mail-order grooms to explore the advantages and disadvantages of mail-order marriage. It's a history of deception, physical abuse, and failed unions. It's also the story of how mail-order marriage can offer women surprising and empowering opportunities. Drawing on a forgotten trove of colorful mail-order marriage court cases, Zug explores the many troubling legal issues that arise in mail-order marriage: domestic abuse and murder, breach of contract, fraud (especially relating to immigration), and human trafficking and prostitution. She tells the story of how mail-order marriage lost the benign reputation it enjoyed in the Civil War era to become more and more reviled over time, and she argues compellingly that it does not entirely deserve its current reputation. While it is a common misperception that women turn to mail-order marriage as a desperate last resort, most mail-order brides are enticed rather than coerced. Since the first mail-order brides arrived on American shores in 1619, mail-order marriage has enabled women to improve both their marital prospects and their legal, political, and social freedoms. Buying A Bride uncovers this history and shows us how mail-order marriage empowers women and should be protected and even encouraged.

Family Stress Management - A Contextual Approach (Paperback, 3rd Revised edition): Pauline E Boss, Chalandra M. Bryant, Jay A.... Family Stress Management - A Contextual Approach (Paperback, 3rd Revised edition)
Pauline E Boss, Chalandra M. Bryant, Jay A. Mancini
R1,590 R1,416 Discovery Miles 14 160 Save R174 (11%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The Third Edition of Family Stress Management by Pauline Boss, Chalandra M. Bryant, and Jay A. Mancini continues its original commitment to recognize both the external and internal contexts in which distressed families find themselves. With its hallmark Contextual Model of Family Stress (CMFS), the Third Edition provides practitioners and researchers with a useful framework to understand and help distressed individuals, couples, and families. The example of a universal stressor-a death in the family-highlights cultural differences in ways of coping. Throughout, there is new emphasis on diversity and the nuances of family stress management-such as ambiguous loss-plus new discussions on family resilience and community as resources for support.

How to Talk so Teens will Listen & Listen so Teens will Talk (Paperback): Adele Faber How to Talk so Teens will Listen & Listen so Teens will Talk (Paperback)
Adele Faber
R298 R241 Discovery Miles 2 410 Save R57 (19%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

From the widely-acclaimed HOW TO TALK series, discover the tools to combat the often stormy years of adolescence. Packed with practical, accessible advice and guidelines, both parents and teens will learn how to: * Engage cooperation * Take appropriate action * Avoid lectures * Express your feelings and understand each other * Work out solutions together

Married Life in the Middle Ages, 900-1300 (Hardcover): Elisabeth van Houts Married Life in the Middle Ages, 900-1300 (Hardcover)
Elisabeth van Houts
R1,635 Discovery Miles 16 350 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Married Life in the Middle Ages, 900-1300 contains an analysis of the experience of married life by men and women in Christian medieval Europe, c. 900-1300. The study focusses on the social and emotional life of the married couple rather than on the institutional history of marriage, breaking it into three parts: Getting Married - the process of getting married and wedding celebrations; Married Life - the married life of lay couples and clergy, their sexuality, and any remarriage; and Alternative Living - which explores concubinage and polygyny, as well as the single life in contrast to monogamous sexual unions. In this volume, van Houts deals with four central themes. First, the tension between patriarchal family strategies and the individual family member's freedom of choice to marry and, if so, to what partner; second, the role played by the married priesthood in their quest to have individual agency and self-determination accepted in their own lives in the face of the growing imposition of clerical celibacy; third, the role played by women in helping society accept some degree of gender equality and self-determination to marry and in shaping the norms for married life incorporating these principles; fourth, the role played by emotion in the establishment of marriage and in married life at a time when sexual and spiritual love feature prominently in medieval literature.

Why Christian Women Convert to Islam (Paperback, Second U.S. Edition): Rosemary Sookhdeo Why Christian Women Convert to Islam (Paperback, Second U.S. Edition)
Rosemary Sookhdeo
R229 R187 Discovery Miles 1 870 Save R42 (18%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Why are increasing numbers of Western women converting to Islam? The author tells the true-life stories of women who have become Muslims, exploring the reasons for their decisions and illustrating the problems that they face. She examines the particular issues confronting women who marry Muslims and addresses the long-term implications of conversion. In these ways the book prepares parents and church leaders to guide women who are contemplating conversion or marriage with Muslim men.

The Boundaries of Desire - A Century of Bad Laws, Good Sex and Changing Identities (Paperback): Eric Berkowitz The Boundaries of Desire - A Century of Bad Laws, Good Sex and Changing Identities (Paperback)
Eric Berkowitz
R363 R298 Discovery Miles 2 980 Save R65 (18%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

The act of reproduction, and its variants, never change much, but our ideas about the meaning of sex are in constant flux. Switch a decade, cross a border, or traverse class lines and the harmless pleasures of one group become the gravest crimes in another.Combining meticulous research and lively storytelling, The Boundaries of Desire traces the fast-moving bloodsport of sex law over the past century, and challenges our most cherished notions about family, power, gender, and identity.Starting when courts censored birth control information as pornography and let men rape their wives, and continuing through the sexual revolution" and into the present day (when rape, gay rights, sex trafficking, and sex on the internet saturate the news), Berkowitz shows how the law has remained out of synch with the convulsive changes in sexual morality.By focusing on the stories of real people, Berkowitz adds a compelling human element to what might otherwise be faceless legal battles. The law is made by people, after all, and nothing sparks intolerance on the left and right -- more than sex. Ultimately, Berkowitz shows the emptiness of sanctimonious condemnation, and argues that sexual questions are too subtle and volatile for simple, catch-all solutions.

Querying Consent - Beyond Permission and Refusal (Paperback): Keja Valens, Jordana Greenblatt Querying Consent - Beyond Permission and Refusal (Paperback)
Keja Valens, Jordana Greenblatt; Victoria Olwell, Amanda Paxton, Annie Pfeifer, …
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Querying Consent examines the ways in which the concept of consent is used to map and regulate sexual desire, gender relationships, global positions, technological interfaces, relationships of production and consumption, and literary and artistic interactions. From philosophy to literature, psychoanalysis to the art world, the contributors to Querying Consent address the most uncomfortable questions about consent today. Grounded in theoretical explorations of the entanglement of consent and subjectivity across a range of textual, visual, multi- and digital media, Querying Consent considers the relationships between consent and agency before moving on to trace the concept's outcomes through a range of investigations of the mutual implication of personhood and self-ownership.

Growing Up Queer - Kids and the Remaking of LGBTQ Identity (Paperback): Mary Robertson Growing Up Queer - Kids and the Remaking of LGBTQ Identity (Paperback)
Mary Robertson
R478 R408 Discovery Miles 4 080 Save R70 (15%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

LGBTQ kids reveal what it's like to be young and queer today Growing Up Queer explores the changing ways that young people are now becoming LGBT-identified in the US. Through interviews and three years of ethnographic research at an LGBTQ youth drop-in center, Mary Robertson focuses on the voices and stories of youths themselves in order to show how young people understand their sexual and gender identities, their interest in queer media, and the role that family plays in their lives. The young people who participated in this research are among the first generation to embrace queer identities as children and adolescents. This groundbreaking and timely consideration of queer identity demonstrates how sexual and gender identities are formed through complicated, ambivalent processes as opposed to being natural characteristics that one is born with. In addition to showing how youth understand their identities, Growing Up Queer describes how young people navigate queerness within a culture where being gay is the "new normal." Using Sara Ahmed's concept of queer orientation, Robertson argues that being queer is not just about one's sexual and/or gender identity, but is understood through intersecting identities including race, class, ability, and more. By showing how society accepts some kinds of LGBTQ-identified people while rejecting others, Growing Up Queer provides evidence of queerness as a site of social inequality. The book moves beyond an oversimplified examination of teenage sexuality and shows, through the voices of young people themselves, the exciting yet complicated terrain of queer adolescence.

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