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Fanghanel, Alexandra ORCID: 0000-0002-4041-561X (2021) Introduction. In: Fanghanel, Alexandra ORCID: 0000-0002-4041-561X , Milne, Emma, Zampini, Giulia Federica ORCID: 0000-0002-9456-4792 , Banwell, Stacy ORCID: 0000-0001-7395-2617 and Fiddler, Michael ORCID: 0000-0002-0695-6770 , (eds.) Sex and Crime. Key Approaches to Criminology . SAGE Publications Ltd, London, pp. 3-16. ISBN 978-1526491138; 978-1529752281; 1529752280

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The issues and controversies of sex and crime are intimately intertwined. In this book, we will explore the ways that sexuality and sexual practice interact with crime and deviance, and the ways that understanding this interaction enriches our understanding of criminology and social justice more broadly.

In many ways, the regulation of sexuality through the law is something that we all experience, every day of our lives. As we will see in Chapters 3 and 5, sexuality and sexual practice have been controlled by law for centuries. Certain sexual practices are legislated against (such as sex with children), while others have had changing legal status (for example, anal sex). Other expressions of sexual desire or of sexual preference may be legal, but can bring with them shame and stigma (such as bondage, domination and sadomasochism (BDSM), pornography addiction, cybersex); thus, they are also regulated by social mores and accepted sexual etiquette.

In this book, we examine a range of ways that institutions of control interact with sex and sexuality. The book is broken down into four sections: the first part, ‘Encountering sex and crime’, helps you to get on board with the key concepts and ideas crucial to understanding sex, crime and control; the second, ‘State, sex and crime’, explores how the nation state both controls and facilitates crime related to sex. The third, ‘Sex, cultures and crime’, outlines how ‘cultures’ of sexuality and sexual practice interact with the state, and how and why sex is controlled and regulated; and, finally, ‘Future sex’ is where we reflect on how laws, controls, cultures and society may develop in relation to sexual practice. In our final chapter, we suggest ways to put your learning into practice.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: Part One: Encountering Sex and Crime; Chapter One: Introduction
Uncontrolled Keywords: sexuality, crime, deviance
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > School of Law & Criminology (LAC)
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