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Consensual Violence: Sex, Sports, and the Politics of Injury

Jill D. Weinberg


Most people often think decriminalization happens by repealing a law, but Sex, Sports, and the Politics of Consensual Violence challenges this view showing that social decriminalization must precede legal change. Social decriminalization requires four conditions: 1) an organized group who participates in a similar activity; 2) a shared legal consciousness; 3) an established set of rules and norms that appeal to a Weberian legal-rational authority; and 4) a social context where the activity is not too morally verboten. This book features two case studies where groups engage in acts of consensua ... More

Keywords: consent, criminal law, violence, sex, sports, sociolegal, the body, qualitative methods, social decriminalization

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780520290655
Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520290655.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jill D. Weinberg, author