The book engages critically with two main aspects of the socio-cultural construction of gender and sexuality. The first section of the volume, Sexual Rights, is socio-political, and includes both the problem of the recognition of rights for all individuals, especially LGBTQI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, queer and intersexual) subjects, and the struggle to combat discrimination, that entails an analysis of and an opposition to homophobic discourses and actions. The second section of the volume, Media, Literature and Performativity, involves a theoretical elaboration of discursive and literary strategies that relate or can be applied to gendered and sexed identities. These two spheres of investigation have been addressed by the contributors to this volume using a variety of analytical approaches that are informed by and engage with recent developments in the field of gender and sexuality studies.
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