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Dennis Altman

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780226016061

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226016047.001.0001

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Conclusion: A Global Sexual Politics?

Conclusion: A Global Sexual Politics?

(p.157) Ten Conclusion: A Global Sexual Politics?
Global Sex
University of Chicago Press

Suggestions the sexual is political can be found in a range of nineteenth-century philosophical writings, but became central for a number of twentieth-century thinkers. In a globalizing world there is a need to rethink these connections, both practically and theoretically. A sexual politics for this century will need to draw on various theories of sexuality but also on recent developments in the study of international relations, and conceptualizations of both the state and the global. A political economy of sexuality is urgently needed, one which recognizes the interrelationship of political, economic, and cultural structures, and avoids the tendency to see sexuality as private and the political and economic as public. Such a political economy, as the term suggests, is more concerned with material conditions and political action than it is with theories of discourse and representation.

Keywords:   sexual politics, globalization, sexuality, international relations, political economy, material condition

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