EVENT: The family, sexuality and human rights in global perspective, 23rd January

The Family, Sexuality and Human Rights in Global Perspective: Joint Book Launch,  Joint event of Glasgow Human Rights Network and the Gender and Sexualities Forum.

Date: 23rd January

Time: 5-8pm

Venue: Sir Charles Wilson Building Basement Seminar Room, 1 University Avenue, University of Glasgow

In a joint event hosted by the University of Glasgow Human Rights Network and the Gender and Sexualities Forum, three speakers from the School of Social and Political Sciences will launch three books in a discussion chaired by Dr Vikki Turbine (Politics).

Dr. Roona Simpson (Sociology) will launch:

‘L. Jamieson and R Simpson (2013) Living Alone: Globalization, Identity, Belonging (Palgrave Macmillan)’

living alone 2Living Alone: Globalization, Identity and Belonging presents a systematic sociological analysis solo living across the globe.  Prevalent first among the elderly, living alone has become common at ages associated with partners and children, leading to anxieties about the end of family and community. This groundbreaking and highly original study brings evidence to core debates about contemporary social change in the context of globalization, exploring individualization and social connection, the future of family formation, consumption and identities, the relevance of place in mobile worlds, belonging and ‘community’, living arrangements and sustainability.


Dr. Kelly Kollman (Politics – Head of Politics subject area) will launch:

K. Kollman (2013) The Same-Sex Unions Revolution in Western Democracies (Manchester University Press)

same sex unionsThis is the most internationally extensive political analysis of same-sex marriage and partnership laws, in a context where Scotland has just voted to adopt same-sex marriage.  This book examines same-sex unions (SSU) policy developments in eighteen western democracies and seeks to explain why theoverwhelming majority of these countries has implemented a national law to recognise gay and lesbian couples since 1989.  The analysis in the book illustrates that this wave of SSU policy adoptions across the established democracies of Western Europe and North America is, to a significant degree, the product of international norm diffusion and socialisation.  The first part of the study traces the creation of a norm for relationship recognition by transnational activists and policymakers within the European polity, and describes how this norm has catalysed policy change in many western democracies.  The second part examines these processes in greater depth using two comparative case studies (Germany and the Netherlands; the United States and Canada) to identify how the norm influences domestic policy debates as well as which factors determine the power it can exert in different national environments.


Dr. Matthew Waites (Sociology) will launch:

C. Lennox and M. Waites (eds.)(2013) Human Rights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in the Commonwealth: Struggles for Decriminalisation and Change (School of Advanced Study, University of London)

lgtbi 2This is the first book on LGBT human rights in the Commonwealth. Human Rights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in The Commonwealth: Struggles for Decriminalisation and Change offers the most internationally extensive analysis to date of the global struggle for decriminalisation of same-sex sexual behaviour, with chapters by academics and activists covering 16 states in detail: United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Malawi, Botswana, Uganda, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago and The Bahamas.  The volume is the first to address the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) and all non-heterosexual people in the Commonwealth of Nations, in a context where 41 Commonwealth states still criminalise same-sex sexual acts between adults, due to the British Empire criminalising same-sex behaviour across the world.


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