Modernization of Power in Legal and Medical Discourses: The Birth of the (Male) Homosexual in Hong Kong and Its Aftermath

Day K M WONG*, Pik Ki Leung

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Abstract

The removal of homosexuality from the list of mental disorders and the repeal of restrictive sexual laws deem that Foucault's argument on the discursive control of homosexuality requires refinement to take into consideration the continual modernization and improvement of power. This article examines the multilayered discursive terrain in Hong Kong where homosexuality is created, regulated, and contested in the contemporary era. With the popularization of human rights discourse, sexual dissidents are not simply treated as criminal or pathological; rather, legal and medical discourses have shifted to an increasing reliance on notions of risk to put mechanisms of social regulation in place.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1403-1423
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Homosexuality
Volume59
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2012

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Social Psychology
  • Education
  • Psychology(all)

User-Defined Keywords

  • discourse
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Hong Kong
  • legal reform
  • risk

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