The Politics of Sexual Morality in Ireland

  • Authors
  • Chrystel Hug

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Chrystel Hug
    Pages 11-48
  3. Chrystel Hug
    Pages 141-165
  4. Chrystel Hug
    Pages 166-200
  5. Chrystel Hug
    Pages 241-244
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 245-284

About this book


The research for this book was prompted by a combination of events, in particular the election of Mary Robinson to the Presidency and the X Case which rocked Irish society. The book is an exploration of the dynamics between the courts, the legislators and the Irish citizens in relation to certain socio-sexual questions: divorce, contraception, abortion, and homosexuality. Spanning 73 years since the creation of the Irish State, The Politics of Sexual Morality in Ireland questions the nature of the moral order regulating Irish society and the concept of democracy underlying it. It examines the fragile balance struck between tradition and modernity.


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