Sex, crime and morality

Hayes, Sharon L., Carpenter, Belinda J., & Dwyer, Angela E. (2011) Sex, crime and morality. In Sex, crime and morality. Routledge/Willan, Oxford, U.K. (In Press)


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Over the last few decades, there has been a marked increase in media and debate surrounding a specific group of offences in modern Democratic nations which bear the brunt of the label ‘crimes against morality’. Included within this group are offences related to prostitution and pornography, homosexuality and incest and child sexual abuse. This book examines the nexus between sex, crime and morality from a theoretical perspective.

This is the first academic text to offer an examination and analysis of the philosophical underpinnings of sex-related crimes and social attitudes towards them and the historical, anthropological and moral reasons for differentiating these crimes in contemporary western culture.

The book is divided into three sections corresponding to three theoretical frameworks:

Part 1 examines the moral temporality of sex and taboo as a foundation for legislation governing sex crimes

Part 2 focuses on the geography of sex and deviance, specifically notions of public morality and the public private divide

Part 3 examines the moral economy of sex and harm, including the social construction of harm. Sex, Crime and Morality will be key reading for students of criminology, criminal justice, gender studies and ethics, and will also be of interest to justice professionals.

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ID Code: 41897
Item Type: Book Chapter
Additional Information: Introduction
Keywords: crimes against morality, prostitution, pornography, homosexuality, incest, child sexual abuse, morality, criminology, criminal justice, gender studies, ethics
ISBN: 9781843928157
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > CRIMINOLOGY (160200)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Routledge/Willan
Deposited On: 06 Jun 2011 01:08
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2017 05:01

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