Introduction to 'Queer Theory: Law, Culture, Empire'

Robert Leckey & Kim Brooks, eds., Queer Theory: Law, Culture, Empire, Abingdon: Routledge-Cavendish, 2010

20 Pages Posted: 2 Nov 2009 Last revised: 9 Jan 2016

See all articles by Robert Leckey

Robert Leckey

McGill University - Faculty of Law

Kim Brooks

Dalhousie University - Schulich School of Law

Date Written: November 2, 2009

Abstract

This is the introduction to an edited collection. The book uses queer theory to examine the complex interactions of law, culture, and empire in relation to sexual minorities. Building on recent work on empire, it studies how law-reform efforts by sexual minorities can unwittingly advance imperial projects and how queer theory can itself show imperial ambitions. The book takes a contextual, socio-legal, comparative, and interdisciplinary approach. The authors - from five continents - study examples from Bollywood cinema to California’s 2008 marriage referendum. The chapters view a wide range of texts - from cultural productions to laws and judgments - as regulatory forces requiring scrutiny from outside Western, heterosexual privilege. The collection stands above earlier queer legal work because of the global positioning of its authors and their case studies (India, South Africa, the US, Australasia, Eastern Europe) and of its engagement with recent developments.

Keywords: queer theory, legal theory, culture, empire, postcolonialism, interdisciplinarity

JEL Classification: K30, K39

Suggested Citation

Leckey, Robert and Brooks, Kimberley, Introduction to 'Queer Theory: Law, Culture, Empire' (November 2, 2009). Robert Leckey & Kim Brooks, eds., Queer Theory: Law, Culture, Empire, Abingdon: Routledge-Cavendish, 2010 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1498483

Robert Leckey (Contact Author)

McGill University - Faculty of Law ( email )

3644 Peel Street
Montreal H3A 1W9, Quebec
Canada
514-398-4148 (Phone)
514-398-4659 (Fax)

Kimberley Brooks

Dalhousie University - Schulich School of Law ( email )

6061 University Ave
Weldon Law Building
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H4H9
Canada

Register to save articles to
your library

Register

Paper statistics

Downloads
152
rank
185,161
Abstract Views
1,017
PlumX Metrics