This book examines the nexus between sex, crime and morality from a multidisciplinary perspective. The authors argue that although all crimes have a general moral basis, condemned as ‘wrong’ or ‘bad’ in the society in which they are proscribed, there are 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.
Sex, Crime and Morality will examine the historical, anthropological and moral reasons for such differentiations in contemporary western culture within three sections which correspond to these three theoretical frameworks:
- Part 1 examines legal moralism and legal paternalism as a foundation for legislation governing sex-drimes
- Part 2 focuses on the notion of a public morality and the public-private divide as a way of understanding how sex crimes are categorised and regulated
- Part 3 examines the social construction of harm in order to highlight the connection between sex, consent, and social mores.
This text will be relevant to students of criminology, criminal justice, gender studies and ethics, and will also be of interest to justice professionals.
|Publisher:||Taylor & Francis|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.20(d)|
About the Author
Belinda Carpenter is Associate Professor at the School of Justice, Queensland University of Technology. Her research interests include theory, policy and legislation with regard to prostitution, domestic violence, and violent offending women.
Sharon Hayes is Senior Lecturer at the School of Justice, Queensland University of Technology. Her main areas of research, and related publications, lie within sex and crime, same-sex domestic violence, and sexuality in the classroom. She is co-editor of Social Ethics for Legal and Justice Professionals (Pearson, 2006).
Angela Dwyer is Lecturer at the School of Justice, Queensland University of Techology. Her broad research interests encompass the pathologising and demonising of young people in the media and public culture, the commodification of women's bodies, and the sociology of deviance. She is currently working on a research project investigating how queer young people experience policing in Brisbane, Queensland.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: The Nexus of Sex, Crime and Morality Part 1: Law and Morality 2. Legal Moralism and Paternalism 3. Tarts and Tricks: Selling Sex 4. Poles, Patrons, Pink Bits, and Public Protection: Pornography and Adult Entertainment Part 2: Crime, Morality and Public Space 5. Is there a Public Morality? 6. Perverts, Paedophiles, and Predators: Governing Sex Offenders in Public Space 7. In the Publics' Best Interests: Public Nuisance and Crimes of Indecency Part 3: Morality and Harm 8. The Social Construction of Harm 9. Cruising, Cottaging, and Closed Doors: Homosexuality and Social Harm 10. Sex Crime and Consent: Individual Harm 11. Conclusion