Special Issue "Legally Constructed Gendered Identities"


A special issue of Laws (ISSN 2075-471X).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (1 August 2013)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Sarah Beresford
Bowland North, Lancaster University, Bailrigg, Lancaster, LA1 4YN, UK
Website: http://www.lancs.ac.uk/fass/law/profiles/Sarah-Beresford/
E-Mail: s.beresford@lancaster.ac.uk
Interests: gender; sexuality and the law; family law; religion and the law

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue of Laws is devoted to an exploration of how the gendered body comes to exist in the legal world. For much of the time, legal culture and rhetoric assumes that law is neutral, objective and impartial and applies equally to every person regardless of gender characteristics. However, Law is not a social practice that is isolated from the rest of culture.

The Special Issue invites contributors to challenge these ideas of neutrality and consider the ways in which the characteristics of gendered identities are not innate or natural, but come into existence by and through the operation of law. These issues will be examined at both domestic and global levels. The legal construction of gendered identities manifests itself in almost every (if not all) facts of legal life, including, but not limited to, the rape cases in India; the issue of same sex marriage in both America and the UK; prosecution of war crimes; body alteration and cosmetic surgery; land ownership and food production.

Each article will focus upon law as an object of study and in so doing will seek to examine how gender and legally constructed gendered identities are understood in law.

The articles will be readable by a broad audience and not limited to a single country or jurisdiction. This Special Issue will be a critical reference point for scholars and the wider community interested in the development of Gender and the Law.

Dr. Sarah Beresford
Guest Editor


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  • Gender
  • Law
  • Identity
  • Sexuality
  • Legal Theory

Published Papers (9 papers)

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Laws 2014, 3(2), 282-300; doi:10.3390/laws3020282
Received: 13 March 2014; in revised form: 30 April 2014 / Accepted: 28 May 2014 / Published: 5 June 2014
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Laws 2013, 2(4), 512-538; doi:10.3390/laws2040512
Received: 24 October 2013; in revised form: 14 December 2013 / Accepted: 15 December 2013 / Published: 18 December 2013
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Laws 2013, 2(4), 483-511; doi:10.3390/laws2040483
Received: 23 August 2013; in revised form: 3 December 2013 / Accepted: 3 December 2013 / Published: 13 December 2013
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Laws 2013, 2(4), 469-482; doi:10.3390/laws2040469
Received: 12 September 2013; in revised form: 28 October 2013 / Accepted: 19 November 2013 / Published: 26 November 2013
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Laws 2013, 2(4), 428-439; doi:10.3390/laws2040428
Received: 8 October 2013; in revised form: 29 October 2013 / Accepted: 5 November 2013 / Published: 12 November 2013
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Article: Identity/Time
Laws 2013, 2(3), 362-375; doi:10.3390/laws2030362
Received: 15 August 2013; in revised form: 12 September 2013 / Accepted: 12 September 2013 / Published: 23 September 2013
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Laws 2013, 2(3), 337-361; doi:10.3390/laws2030337
Received: 22 July 2013; in revised form: 30 August 2013 / Accepted: 11 September 2013 / Published: 18 September 2013
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Laws 2013, 2(3), 314-336; doi:10.3390/laws2030314
Received: 7 August 2013; in revised form: 6 September 2013 / Accepted: 9 September 2013 / Published: 13 September 2013
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Laws 2013, 2(2), 51-68; doi:10.3390/laws2020051
Received: 19 February 2013; in revised form: 3 April 2013 / Accepted: 3 April 2013 / Published: 9 April 2013
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Last update: 15 January 2013

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