The National Subject

Melanie Toombs, Kim Rubenstein

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To what extent is the legal subject gendered? Using illustrative examples from a range of jurisdictions and thematically organised chapters, this volume offers a comprehensive consideration of this question. With a systematic, accessible approach, it argues that law and gender work to co-produce the legal subject. Cumulatively, the volume's chapters provide a systematic evaluation of the key facets of the legal subject: the corporeal, the functional and the communal. Exploring aspects of the legal subject from the ways in which it is sexed and sexualised to its national and familial dimensions, this volume develops a complete account of the various processes through which legal orders produce gendered subjects. Across its chapters, each theoretically ambitious in its own right, this volume outlines how the law not only acts on the social world, but genders it.

Presents an accessible but theoretically ambitious account of how the law and gender co-produce the legal subject
Uses illustrative examples from various legal jurisdictions and organised in thematic chapters, allowing scholars and students to read chapters individually or draw wider comparisons across the book
Employs an interdisciplinary approach, using techniques from gender studies and queer theory, to offer readers a nuanced, holistic analysis of the law and gender
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Cambridge Companion to Gender and the Law
EditorsStéphanie Hennette Vauchez, Ruth Rubio-Marín
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages34
ISBN (Electronic)9781108634069
ISBN (Print)9781108713306
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2023

Publication series

NameCambridge Companions to Law
PublisherCambridge University Press


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