Uneven encounters and paradoxical rights: embodiment and difference in sexual orientation rights and activism

Lalor, K. 2012. Uneven encounters and paradoxical rights: embodiment and difference in sexual orientation rights and activism. PhD thesis University of Westminster School of Law

TitleUneven encounters and paradoxical rights: embodiment and difference in sexual orientation rights and activism
TypePhD thesis
AuthorsLalor, K.
Abstract

My

thesis

takes

the

intersection

of

sexual

orientation

and

human

rights

and

the

increased

tendency

towards

the

expression

of

the

concerns

of

sexual

minorities

in

rights

based

terminology

in

international

law

as

a

Deleuzian

‘problem’

to

be

explored

and

unpicked.

Sexual

orientation

is

a

singular

expression

of

a

complex

multifaceted

virtuality,

yet

the

term

-­‐

understood

as

a

static

and

relatively

unchanging

denotation

of

a

particular

identity

and

mode

of

action

-­‐

holds

increasing

purchase

as

a

human

rights

issue.

I

explore

the

way

in

which

rights

shape

the

expression

of

sexuality

within

institutional

and

activist

practices

in

international

arenas

and

suggest

that

the

complex

and

contested

encounter

between

sexuality

and

human

rights

in

international

law

exposes

the

problems,

limits

and

temporality

of

both.

By

taking

seriously

the

problems

inherent

to

the

encounters

between

sexuality

and

rights,

as

they

are

expressed

in

different

material

circumstances,

we

can

explore

sexuality

as

a

mutliplicitous

and

changing

flux

and

rights

as

a

dual

sided

paradox,

acting

simultaneously

machines

of

territorialisation

and

machines

of

deteritorialisation.

Thus,

I

suggest

that

in

their

engagement

with

questions

of

'sexual

orientation',

rights

act

as

both

modes

of

control,

restriction

and

exclusion

and

as

modes

of

communication

and

connection,

challenge

and

escape,

depending

upon

the

particular

circumstances

within

which

they

are

expressed.

As

such,

I

attempt

to

engage

with

the

embeddedness

of

‘sexuality’

within

particular

material

contexts

and

through

this

engagement,

explore

different

potentialities

that

are

implicated

within

divergent

enactments

of

rights

and

sexuality

in

order

to

critique

a

mode

of

action

that

remains

fixed

upon

abstract

discussion

of

ossified

‘sexualities’

and

transcendental

rights.

Furthermore,

my

aim

is

to

approach

the

encounter

not

only

as

a

means

of

critique

but

also

as

a

moment

of

uncertainty

and

a

site

of

productive

engagement,

vitality

and

becoming.

Thus,

the

key

question

to

be

asked

of the

encounter

between

sexual

orientation

and

rights

is

not

one

of

which

rights

have

been

violated

or

of

how

a

perceived

violation

can

be

expressed

in

relation

to

an

already

conceived

and

fixed

discourse

of

rights,

but

instead,

which

material

circumstances

have

facilitated

the

expression

of

injustice

suffered

by

a

sexual

minority

as

a

rights

violation

and

in

expressing

the

violation

in

this

way,

which

possibilities,

problematics

and

discourses

are

activated,

and

which

others

are

ignored.

YearMay 2012
FileKay_LALOR.pdf
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CompletedMay 2012

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