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Cartographies of DesireMale-Male Sexuality in Japanese Discourse, 1600-1950$
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Gregory Pflugfelder

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780520209091

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520209091.001.0001

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Policing the Perisexual: Male-Male Sexuality in Edo-Period Legal Discourse

Policing the Perisexual: Male-Male Sexuality in Edo-Period Legal Discourse

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(p.97) 2 Policing the Perisexual: Male-Male Sexuality in Edo-Period Legal Discourse
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Cartographies of Desire
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Gregory M. Pflugfelder

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520209091.003.0002

This chapter explores the realm of legal discourse — the framework of pronouncements and silences by means of which political authorities of the Edo-period sought to establish and maintain control over the significance of male-male sexuality. Through the codification and enforcement of various types of legislation, the era's warriors-turned-bureaucrats attempted to limit shudō within parameters that would serve their own interests and secure the functioning of the communities in their charge. In contrast to the profit motive of the publishing industry, the concerns of legislators were centered on hierarchy and stability. As with popular discourse, the legal construction of male-male sexuality was by no means uniform, varying significantly with geographic locale and chronological era, as the subsequent discussion should sufficiently illustrate.

Keywords:   legal discourse, male-male sexuality, legislation, Edo-period

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