Sexual Borders. Urban Space, Bodies and Citizenship

Sexual Borders - Book cover
Leticia Sabsay
Publication date: 
July 2011
Publication type: 

Fronteras Sexuales. Espacio Urbano, Cuerpos y Ciudadanía (Buenos Aires, Paidós)

“This book opens up the question about sexual politics within the space of democracy and how to think about the spatial politics that build notions of gender and citizenship.  Theoretically, Leticia Sabsay draws from poststructuralism, materialism, narrative theory, and the critical study of law to ask how the struggles over who can appear within urban space of Buenos Aires in the years following the demise of dictatorship become a way of building and unbuilding citizenship itself. Her analysis of the legal and public debates over whether trans sex workers can appear in public is not simply concerned with adjudicating the validity of the arguments put forth in the media and the courts. Rather, the public disputes about who can appear in urban space, and how, are considered as the venue for producing new norms of citizenship. Which bodies will represent democracy, and which will not? The legal efforts to exclude or isolate sexual minorities turns out to be a discursive scene of struggle over which sexual figures, and which sexual norms, will define the emerging notions of the citizen…”
- Judith Butler -

Oecumene: Citizenship after Orientalism is funded by an European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant (Institutions, values, beliefs and behaviour ERC-AG-SH2).

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