AIDS and the Sexuality of Law: Ironic Jurisprudence by J. Rollins

By J. Rollins

AIDS and the Sexuality of legislations maps the connection among sexuality and the legislation and technology of AIDS because it developed among 1985 and 1995. The e-book undertakes an in depth interpreting of case critiques from the federal appellate courts and argues that those scripts may be learn productively during the interpretive lens of irony. even if those texts depend actually at the language of technological know-how to build an visual appeal of dealing with HIV transmission hazards, they rely figuratively on a sexual epistemology that relegates very important fragments of data to the area of the unknowable. lawsuits tested within the e-book take care of grownup companies, the wellbeing and fitness care undefined, and prisons.

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Under what conditions, and to what extent, should scientific narratives drive the logic of judicial opinions? But what is made literal in these scripts is exclusive. In some moments, pieces of potentially useful information are simply not available; undoubtedly, judicial hackles were raised frequently in the early years of AIDS. But, in other IRONIC JURISPRUDENCE 33 moments, these scripts exclude not simply through a lack of information, but through negation. That HIV transmission is not contingent upon sexual identity is an oft-negated element that grounds the heterosexist logic of these scripts.

Scientific narratives appear in these texts primarily as a method for managing our perceptions of the risks attendant to these fluid exchanges, but oddly, the discussions tend to slip away from what was known or unknown, and toward what was unknowable. Rather than think of these cases as negotiating tensions between what information was available, what scientists had discovered (the known), and what remained mysterious (the unknown), it is productive to think about what was, in fact, known in each instance, but was made invisible in the language of each opinion (the unknowable).

The move from a society of blood, to one that speaks through sex and the management of life are important schemas by which AIDS and sexuality came to make sense from one another in the late 1980s and early 1990s. What he calls bio-history, or bio-power, whereby knowledge/power and regulation were transferred to the level of life and population more than death and the individual, becomes 40 AIDS AND THE SEXUALITY OF LAW especially clear in the case materials to follow. Throughout them we see a determined insistence to resist the possibility of death; they display a power–knowledge nexus that operates at the level of lives, health, institutions, and populations.

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