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Interrogating Incest : Feminism, Foucault and the Law - Vikki Bell

Interrogating Incest

Feminism, Foucault and the Law


Published: 4th November 1993
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Winner of British Sociological Association Philip Abrams Memorial Prize 1993 Within feminism incest has often been subsumed under a discussion of sexual violence and abuse. Yet, important as this is, there has been little account of how feminist work itself relates to other ways of talking about and understanding incest.
In Interrogating Incest Vikki Bell focuses on the issue of incest and its place in sociological theory, feminist theory and criminal law. By examining incest from a critical Foucauldian framework she considers how feminist discourse on incest itself fits into existing ways of talking about sex. Closely surveying the historical background to incest legislation and the theoretical issues involve, Vikki Bell delineates their practical implications and shows what uncomfortable questions and important dilemmas are raised by the criminalisation of incest.

Prefacep. vii
Series Editors' Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgementsp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
A Continual Contestp. 14
Familiar Storiesp. 57
Telling and Taboop. 92
What's the Problem?p. 126
Making Monsters, Locating Sexp. 150
Conclusionp. 174
p. 186
p. 189
Notesp. 190
Bibliographyp. 197
Indexp. 207
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ISBN: 9780415079518
ISBN-10: 0415079519
Series: Sociology of Law and Crime
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 4th November 1993
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 2.18
Weight (kg): 0.41
Edition Number: 1