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Voices from the margins: Sadomasochism and sexual citizenship

Langdridge, Darren (2006). Voices from the margins: Sadomasochism and sexual citizenship. Citizenship Studies, 10(4) pp. 373–389.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13621020600857940
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Abstract

Practitioners of sadomasochism (SM) are currently excluded from full citizenship in the UK. However, in recent years we have seen a growth in stories of sadomasochism and with this a challenge to this exclusion from some within SM communities. Over the last ten years or so we also have witnessed the emergence of feminist, sexual and queer citizens providing radical challenges to mainstream approaches to citizenship. This article explores how SM provides boundary tests for notions of citizenship and how it also occupies a particularly complex position with regard to the relationship between citizenship and transgression and the intersection of gender, sexuality and citizenship. In the light of this, it is argued that it is necessary to engage dialectically with citizenship and transgression as a way of meeting the different needs of community members while continuing to work to transform the sexual citizen.

Item Type: Journal Article
ISSN: 1469-3593
Academic Unit/Department: Social Sciences > Psychology in the Social Sciences
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG)
Item ID: 8335
Depositing User: Darren Langdridge
Date Deposited: 05 Jul 2007
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2010 20:01
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/8335
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