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Libby Adler Publishes New Book

WGSS Executive Committee and faculty member Professor Libby Adler has a new book out, titled Gay Priori: A Queer Critical Legal Studies Approach to Law Reform (Duke University Press, 2018). Gay Priori offers a comprehensive critique of the mainstream LGBT legal agenda in the United States, showing how LGBT equal rights discourse drives legal advocates toward a narrow array of reform objectives that do little to improve the lives of the most marginalized members of the LGBT community.  It goes on to offer an alternative vision that emphasizes the distribution of health, safety, jobs, housing, nutrition, and income. Check it out here. Reviews below. 

Gay Priori is a signal achievement and perhaps the first book to give real legal-theoretical, lawyering, and critical legal studies substance to the debates in the humanities it addresses. Brilliantly executed and tightly argued, Libby Adler’s book is a major intervention that may help produce a more economically redistributive LGBT social movement in the United States.” — Janet Halley, Royall Professor of Law, Harvard Law School and author of Split Decisions: How and Why to Take a Break from Feminism


“Libby Adler takes a smart, provocative, and fascinating approach to the question of law reform on LGBT rights. Proposing to upend the civil rights horizon formulated by the official representatives of the LGBT community, Adler makes a rigorous and radical critique of the conventional wisdom about what it means to ‘win’ gay rights. We desperately need these kinds of sustained and argued challenges to the mainstream gay rights agenda.” — Katherine Franke, Sulzbacher Professor of Law, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Columbia University and author of Wedlocked: The Perils of Marriage Equality

Published On: April 30, 2018 |
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