AIDS and the Sexuality of Law

Ironic Jurisprudence

  • Authors
  • Joe┬áRollins

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Joe Rollins
    Pages 1-17
  3. Joe Rollins
    Pages 19-51
  4. Joe Rollins
    Pages 53-82
  5. Joe Rollins
    Pages 83-104
  6. Joe Rollins
    Pages 105-138
  7. Joe Rollins
    Pages 139-162
  8. Joe Rollins
    Pages 163-181
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 183-244

About this book


AIDS and the Sexuality of Law investigates the role that HIV/AIDS has played in the legal construction of sexuality. AIDS and its metaphors have been judicially enlisted to patrol the boundaries of heterosexuality, producing flawed understandings of HIV/AIDS and sexuality. The proliferation of this flawed knowledge through judicial discourse has had a profound impact on the way sexuality is understood. Even more fundamentally, closer analysis exposes the ironic processes of the law whereby material reality, ignorance, and belief interact to replace unknowns with 'social facts.' The book concludes optimistically, arguing that there is political value in uncertainty.


AIDS knowledge Proliferation punishment

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