Monday, October 10, 2016

New Book Recommendation: Sex, Gender, Sexuality and the Law: Social and Legal Issues Faced by Individuals, Couples and Families

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A book title of interest is: Sex, Gender, Sexuality and the Law: Social and Legal Issues Faced by Individuals, Couples and Families by Samantha Hardy, Olivia Rundle and Damien W. Riggs.

An extract from the publisher's website states:

In the past decade, people whose bodies, genders or sexualities differ from socially expected norms have become more visible and have been granted greater recognition within the law. Yet despite this, many service providers do not have a strong understanding of the social and legal issues that continue to have a significant impact on these diverse groups of people and their relationships and families. In order to address this knowledge gap, this book brings together research findings from often disparate disciplines into an accessible and useful form for practitioners, as well as for researchers, academics, students, and the general public.

 Part 1 defines key terms, and addresses the psychosocial and legal issues faced by trans or gender diverse, intersex, and/or non-heterosexual individuals. Part 2 looks at the psychosocial and legal aspects of couple relationships. Part 3 considers parenting and families. Part 4 discusses practical tips for professionals working with this client group, including specific content for lawyers and mediators. As a whole, this book both questions the presumed neutrality of the law, yet insists that it is possible for the law to play a key role in challenging cisgenderism and heterosexism.

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