9780754645023

The Gay Republic

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  • ISBN13:

    9780754645023

  • ISBN10:

    0754645029

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2005-11-30
  • Publisher: Ashgate Pub Co

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Summary

The French Republic does not discriminate or differentiate between individuals in terms of gender, difference or ethnicity. However recent legislation has enshrined the rights of gays and lesbians and it is this legislation that has inspired the author to examine the unique relationship between the Republic and its citizens - in this case gay and lesbian citizens. The author assesses the impact the new legislation has had on France as a democratic, multicultural republic founded on equality of citizenship, and on the lesbian and gay community, caught between inclusion and exclusion. The book combines approaches from sociology, political science, legal studies, cultural studies and the study of gender and sexuality, and will appeal to academics and postgraduates in these fields.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vii
Introduction 1(14)
PART ONE: THEORETICAL CONSIDERATIONS
Universalism in the Republic: A Political, Religious and Conceptual Divide
15(30)
What is the Republic?
16(3)
The Church and the Right
19(9)
The Political and Intellectual Left
28(5)
Universal Equality: `L'oeuf feconde' in the Republic
33(8)
Conclusions
41(4)
`La Difference des sexes': Difference or Distinction?
45(30)
`La Difference des sexes': From the Physiological to the Sexual
48(7)
The Anthropological Question: From Nature to Culture
55(9)
The Crisis in Psychoanalysis: From Symbolic Order to Symbolic Orders
64(6)
Conclusions: The Queer Escape?
70(5)
From `Crisis' of Law to a New `Esprit des Lois'
75(26)
`Personne juridique' and `Sujet du desir'
82(5)
A Sociological Comparison
87(3)
Legitimacy in the `fait social'
90(3)
The Law, Homosexuality and the PaCS
93(3)
Conclusions
96(5)
Lesbian and Gay Identity and the Politics of Subversion
101(36)
Strategies of Sameness and Difference in the Modern and Postmodern State
108(5)
Queer Strategies of Gay Identity: Theory and Practice
113(7)
ACT-Up Paris: AIDS, Communities, Political Manifestos
120(7)
Positive Discrimination: Pros and Cons
127(3)
Conclusions
130(7)
PART TWO: PRACTICAL CONCERNS
Adoption and Filiation: The New PaCS Pact
137(30)
Adoption: Two Case Studies and Their Implications
142(8)
The Maternal/Paternal Axis and the Child's Rights of Origin
150(7)
`Filiation', `Desaffiliation' and `Pluriparentalite'
157(7)
Conclusions
164(3)
Between Marriage and Concubinage: The Dilemma of the Lesbian and Gay Couple
167(28)
Concubinage: Definitions and Drafting Legislation
173(6)
Concubinage, PaCS and the Couple
179(2)
`La Difference des sexes', `Mixite', `Vie privee'/'Vie publique'
181(8)
Marriage: `Unicite' and `Egalite'
189(4)
Conclusions
193(2)
Homophobia: Mimesis, Legislation and `Outing'
195(30)
Some Defining Markers
204(2)
Homophobia: The Silent/Verbal Dialectic
206(3)
Homophobia and Anti-Discrimination Legislation
209(3)
Homophobia and the Threat to New Ideologies
212(4)
Homophobia and the Practice of `Outing'
216(6)
Conclusions
222(3)
Conclusion 225(6)
Bibliography 231(10)
Index 241

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